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Bengal govt tapped my phone 4 years: Mamata

Press Trust Of India
May 03, 2010 at 10:11am IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today alleged that her phone was being tapped for the past four years.

Asked whether her phone was being tapped, Banerjee told reporters that it was "nothing new. My phone is being tapped and I am saying this has been happening for the past four years".

She claimed though she had been saying this for a long time, no one paid heed to it. "But when someone complains from Delhi (about phone tapping), there is an uproar."

She claims though she had been saying this for a long time, no one paid heed to it.

Though Banerjee did not elaborate on the issue, Trinamool Congress leader and Union Minister Mukul Roy had claimed last month that both landline and mobile phones of Banerjee were being tapped by the Left Front government of West Bengal.

Besides, several other Trinamool leaders' phones were also being tapped, he had alleged.

The phones of prominent political leaders like Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Digvijay ingh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and CPI(M) General Scretary Prakash Karat have been tapped by the UPA government, a magazine claimed in an issue last month sparking an uproar.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had last week stated in Parliament that the government had not authorised telephone tapping. He also said further inquiries were being made into the allegations made by the magazine.

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