Will hang myself if corruption charges against me are proven: Abhishek Banerjee


Senior Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee commented that he would hang himself if any central agency can prove his involvement in any illegal transaction.


The leader was speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport on his way to New Delhi to attend a summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged coal scam case.


Banerjee accused the BJP of indulging in political vendetta after losing the state assembly elections.


“I reiterate what I had said in November at public meetings that if any central agency can prove my involvement in any illegal transaction of even 10 paise, there will be no need to hold any CBI or ED probe, I will walk up the podium and get myself hanged publicly,” he said.


Banerjee has been summoned to appear before the investigating officer of the case on September 6 in New Delhi.


“I am ready to face any and every kind of investigation,” Banerjee said, adding that despite it being a case of Kolkata, he was summoned to New Delhi.


“Having lost the elections and failing to tackle Trinamool Congress politically, they (BJP) are now seeking revenge,” he claimed.


Banerjee further said that he would like to invite any BJP leader to sit face to face with him and discuss what the central agencies have done in the last five years and the fate of the country in the seven-year-rule of the Narendra Modi government.


“You (BJP) decide the date, time and venue and I will go; if I cannot expose them then I will not put my feet in the political arena anymore,” he asserted.