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It is political vendetta, says Mamata on raids on Chidambaram,

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Minister today termed as "political vendetta" the raids on leader and RJD chief and said she had discussed the issue with president

Banerjee, whose party leaders are facing probe in the alleged Sarada chit fund scam and the alleged Narada bribery scam, targeted the in a veiled manner, saying, "If you do not like someone, then you send CBI, then put him in jail."

She said even the media is under "tremendous pressure" from the

"... Some political vendetta is going on.... Whatever is happening today... Sometimes with (leader) Akhilesh (Yadav), sometimes with (Chief Minister) Naveen Patnaik, sometimes with Laluji, Chidamabaram, (Chief Minister Arvind) Kejriwal," Mamata told reporters.

She was referring to the raids on multiple premises linked to Chidambaram, former Minister, and his son Karti in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm.

Her reference was also to the Income Tax raids on at least 22 locations in and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to and others.

"... What is on since morning, that was also discussed," Mamata said about the raids after meeting here.

In an apparent message to the Modi government, the Trinamool chief asked, "If you fight with everybody then who is left out?"

Without naming anyone, she said political fight should be fought politically.

"It does not behove anyone. Political fight, ideological fight should be fought politically," she said.

On her meeting with Gandhi, Mamata said, "We discussed political issues. When two political leaders discuss, it is natural that they would talk politics. We discussed very important matter regarding politics and presidential elections both."

The meeting lasted about the 40 minutes in which Congress vice-president was also present.

Mamata said even the media is also under "tremendous pressure and I know that. Barring two or three media houses, no one is able to say anything. There is pressure on the media. But India is a democratic country. We should not do it.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 20:23 IST