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In today’s featured cartoon, Alok Nirantar alludes to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe that led to the arrest of suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Partha Chatterjee in connection with the alleged West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment scam. The illustration gives a spin to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Didi, O, Didi” remark directed at Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in the run-up to the state Assembly polls last year.
Sandeep Adhwaryu, while referring to Mamata Banerjee’s iconic blue-white (TMC colours) Hawaiian slippers, comments on how the alleged role of TMC leader Partha Chatterjee in the SSC recruitment scam has become a ‘thorn’ in the side of the West Bengal CM.
Sajith Kumar, too, takes a jibe at the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in the backdrop of the ED recovering over Rs 50 crore in cash from the residence of Arpita Mukherjee, who is a ‘close associate’ of sacked West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee.
R. Prasad delivers his take on the Supreme Court judgement which upheld amendments made to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, giving the Enforcement Directorate (ED) virtually unchecked powers to issue summons, and make arrests and raids, while putting the burden of proof on the accused to prove innocence.
Kirtish Bhatt takes a dig at the Centre over its response to a question in Parliament that of the 22.05 crore individuals who applied for central government jobs between 2014 and 2022, only 7.22 lakh or 0.33 per cent were recommended for appointment. In the illustration, a man who seems to be standing in an employment queue, can be seen telling another: “I have worked out an estimate. At this pace, by the time we get a job, we will reach retirement age”.