Adhikari, the MP from Contai, alleged that development gets stalled in West Bengal unless agents of the ruling party need to be paid extortion money. The 71-year-old leader said a fixed percentage of money is paid to partymen at various levels. He also said that this is something which is not just limited to rural areas. He said neither the MPs nor the MLAs are innocent.
Sisir Adhikari and his son Suvendu, who is also an MP of the TMC, had been sidelined in the party in recent times. The senior Adhikari was cornered first to make way for former Union minister Mukul Roy. Later, Suvendu was also sidelined to project Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of party supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Even Akhil Giri, the party leader in East Midnapore who is known to be from the anti-Adhikari camp, was also backed more, sources said. Political observers felt the senior Adhikari's outburst was against the moves to corner him and his son in the party.
State BJP chief Rahul Sinha backed Sisir Adhikari, saying he said the truth. "Earlier, the Left used to take extortion money. Now, the Trinamool is doing the same," he said.
CPI(M) MP Mohammad Salim also praised Sisir Adhikari, said it was good to see him uttering the truth.