The video of former Trinamool leader Suvendu Adhikari being caught on Narada scam tape has disappeared from the official YouTube channel of the BJP, a day after he joined the saffron party in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah. The development has not gone unnoticed with eagle-eyed Twitterati, who were quick to highlight the ‘chronology’ of the event.
Adhikari (see the video below) was one of several top Trinamool Congress leaders, who were caught on tape by undercover reporters of the Narada website in 2016. The website had claimed that these leaders resembling Mukul Roy, Sultan Ahmed (now deceased) among others had accepted money promising to carry out lobbying work inside the parliament.
The CBI had launched an investigation in 2017 with the federal probe agency even seeking the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s permission to prosecute these leaders, particularly Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari. Both Roy and Adhikari have since joined the BJP.
This is how Twitterati reacted on the sudden disappearance of Adhikari’s Narada scam video from the BJP’s official YouTube channel. Interestingly, some users had sarcastically asked the BJP to delete these videos from their official YouTube channel at the earliest.
Aap Chronology samjhiye. pic.twitter.com/IjR0T1Lx40
— Nimo Tai 2.0 (@Cryptic_Miind) December 20, 2020
Hi @BJP4India ,
TMC = RSS = BJP. pic.twitter.com/ZCPgZabtfm
— Sanjoy Roy (@sanjoyr03) December 19, 2020
BJP is on the cusp of a ‘shaankher korat’ (double edged sword). The new vs old battle, the clamour for ticket, and to make-up with leaders they have been lampooning till yesterday. @BJP4Bengal youtube still has video of Mukul, Sovan, Suvendu taking bribe during Narada ???
— Agnivo Niyogi (অগ্নিভ নিয়োগী) (@Aagan86) December 19, 2020
The only videos on Narada now available on BJP’s YouTube website are by one Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s interview with India Today.
Adhikari severed ties with the Trinamool Congress on 16 December days after quitting the state cabinet. Elected on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the Nandigram assembly constituency of the East Midnapore district, Adhikari has been maintaining a distance from the TMC for many weeks. It was the famous anti-land acquisition movement of Nandigram in 2009 that had helped Mamata Banerjee successfully end the three decades of the Left rule in West Bengal. Two years after the Nandigram agitation, Banerjee became the first-ever chief minister of West Bengal from the TMC.