Protests force TMC leader to return Rs 2.25 lakh taken as ‘cut money’

Amid widespread demonstrations by people across West Bengal over ‘cut money’, a Trinamool Congress leader in Birbhum, yesterday,  returned the money to beneficiaries of a project under the rural job guarantee scheme after he was accused of misappropriating the funds.

He returned around Rs 2.25 lakh to over 100 beneficiaries of government schemes from whom he had taken it as commission and apologised to them. Trilochan Mukhopadhyay, a TMC booth president on the outskirts of district headquarter town Suri, returned the amount to 141 people, from whom he had taken for providing them jobs under the MGNREGA scheme.

Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed party leaders to return to the public the cut money they took from them, angry local residents continued demonstrations outside residences of several Trinamool public representatives in many places across the districts, demanding return of the amount the accused leaders of state’s ruling party took for reaching government schemes to them.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said this is just a beginning. “In the coming days, senior TMC ministers and leaders will also return cut money taken from the people,” he said.

Protests and demonstrations have rocked various parts of the state for the past one week over demanding return of the “cut money” allegedly taken by elected representatives of the ruling TMC from beneficiaries of government schemes. On Tuesday, sit-in demonstrations were held in North 24 Parganas and Birbhum districts over the same demand.

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