Trinamool denies using black money

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Old 17-Apr-2011
Trinamool denies using black money

Kolkata : A senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader has accused the Trinamool Congress of using black money for the coming West Bengal assembly elections, alleging fake coupons were later issued to show the money was collected from the public.

The Trinamool have denied the allegations.

"All but one of the 226 Trinamool candidates have been given Rs1.5 million each in cash. From where did they get this huge amount of Rs339 million?" Housing Minister Gautam Deb asked at a media conference.

Sacks of coupons

"Later, coupons of Rs100, 200 and 500 each were issued purportedly to show that the money was collected from the public.

"In case of many of the coupons, the part to be given to the public were put in sacks and set on fire. Sacks full of coupons can still be found in the Trinamool office,' he alleged.

Deb also claimed to have pictures of the sacks of coupons.

"Except for one, all of the rest 225 candidates took the money. I will not reveal the name of the person who refused to take the money..."

He also said a conspiracy was being hatched to defeat Biswas, their own candidate.

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