"Bigger scams are happening in Bengal. You all know about the Saradha scam, 20 lakh people have suffered losses. The SEBI and the ED have been clamoring for action but the government here is taking no action, rather it is shielding them," Rahul said at a party rally in Shamsi of Malda district.

While Saradha promoter Sudpta Sen is already behind bars, the Enforcement Directorate probing the matter, recently arrested Sen's wife and son for alleged money laundering.

Suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, who has also been arrested, has repeatedly alleged involvement of several of his party colleagues in the scam.

Rahul also accused Mamata Banerjee-led government of appointing TMC workers instead of genuine candidates as primary school teachers by flouting governmental guidelines.

"There is teacher appointment scam involving recruitment of 35,000 primary school teachers. Without following government guidelines, Trinamool workers were absorbed in place of genuine candidates, candidates who know how to teach," Rahul said about the alleged irregularities in the appointment of primary school teachers.

Rubbishing Banerjee's claims that the state has been denied Central funds, Rahul said Rs 1,200 crore under the MNREGA has been provided.

“The government says Centre does not give money but the fact is we have sent Rs 1,200 crore for MNREGA. In fact, Rs 120 crore Central funds is lying unused with Malda district."

Talking about his party's plans for industrialization and employment generation, Rahul said, “This government only talks big but doesn't do anything for the poor. Your government here doesn't do anything, it is the Delhi government which will generate employment for you.”

The Congress vice-president also said that his party would give 33 percent reservation to women besides setting up exclusive women police stations if it came to power.

Taking the fight to the other rivals, Rahul accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of dividing people and the country of communal lines and said the CPI-M ‘which has become irrelevant’ was ‘anti-industry’.

(Agencies)

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