Mamata gives details of her earnings from exhibition

She provided break-up of how the money was spent

A day after the Trinamool Congress sent legal notice to Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for questioning the honesty of the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee declared her earnings from the exhibition of her paintings at the Town Hall recently.

Banerjee not only disclosed her earnings from the painting exhibition but also provided the break-up of how the money was spent.       

Speaking to reporters at the State Headquarters Writers’ Building, Banerjee said: “This time the earning was little above than 50 lakh. And I have donated Rs 10 lakh to the Governor’s Relief Fund, Rs 25 lakh to the CM’s Relief Fund. I have kept Rs 15 lakh (Rs 5 lakh each) for electoral expenses at Englishbazar in Malda, Rejinagar in Murshidabad and Nalhati in Birbhum, where by-polls will be held on February 23 and the rest of the amount will be donated to the Spastic Society of India.”

Considered to be a reply to Bhattacharjee’s allegation, Banerjee, however did not specify the amount she earned from the sale of her paintings. The controversy broke out when, during an interview to a local television channel, Bhattacharjee was asked to comment on Trinamool projecting Banerjee as a symbol of honesty, he replied: "I am unable to agree". Pressed further Bhattacharjee said: “You conduct a probe into her family condition now as compared to what it was earlier. I can't accept her as being honest. This is no secret. A lot of people close to her know this and they have started talking about it.”

The Trinamool Congress sent a legal notice and demanded an apology from former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee within 48 hours else they threatened to go to the court.  
The CPM, however, is in no mood to blink. Speaking to Deccan Herald, a senior CPM leader said: “Why should he (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) seek for an apology. Let them file the defamation suit and we know how to handle it.”

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