Picture: Courtesy Narada news channel
Days before State Assembly polls set to begin, ruling ruling Trinamool Congress faced an embarrassment after some of its leaders were allegedly caught on camera accepting bribes.
Sensing the opportunity, opposition has come down heavily against TMC.
The ruling party has rubbished claims calling videos "doctored" and part of vicious campaign against it.
With the contents of the sting broadcast by news channels, going viral on social media, Chief Minister and party supremo
Mamata Banerjee, avoided making any direct references to it,
However, she challenged her political opponents to "fight her politically instead of resorting to spreading lies ".
Narada news carried out the sting operation and uploaded on its website, showing at least 11 TMC leaders including former union ministers, state ministers and MPs accepting bribes in return for favours to a fictitious company.
"We formed a fictitious company - Impex Consultancy - and approached several ministers and Trinamool leaders to seek favours. This was an attempt to unravel what is happening behind closed doors," the report on the website claimed.
"We have about 52 hours of footage of this operation. What we understood after analysing it is that the leadership of the
Trinamool Congress were more than willing to sidestep the norms, circumvent laws to extend illegal help to those who offer money," claimed the website listing against each of the leaders amounts ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh that it said it had paid.
Authenticity of the video uploaded by the website could not be ascertained.
The list of alleged "bribe takers", according to channel, also includes a senior police officer, who is claimed by the website as acknowledging that he was a "key person who collects funds for the Trinamool Congress".
Questioning why the video shot in 2014 was released two years later ahead of polls, the Trinamool leaders also questioned source of money used by the portal in the sting.
Tearing into the Trinamool, the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded Banerjee’s immediately resignation.