Protesting against the NDA Government’s high-handedness and misuse of democratic institutions like the CBI, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamatha Banerjee who is a vocal critic of the BJP today sat on a dharna stating that she is fighting to “Save the Constitution.”
Didi got furious after several CBI officers questioned Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with Sharada chit-fund scam, following which they were allegedly take to the police station and questioned. However, the BJP sources as well as CBI sources state that the CBI officers were arrested by the state police.
However, the State Police claims that CBI officers’ behaviour was objectionable and they had been questioned whether they had the documents to prove that the Kolkata Police Chief was guilty. But, the CBI has been spreading information that the Police Chief has been absconding.
This war with the CBI made Mamatha furious who claimed that the BJP is torturing Bengal to avenge the success of her “Brigade Rally” which brought together all anti-BJP leaders. “They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal. Yesterday you saw the language of PM where he threatened.” Not stopping at that, she said: “Modi has gone mad. I appeal to people to please save India. Save the Constitution. I’m not afraid to die for my country. I’m ready to sacrifice my life for India, come what may,” a protesting Mamatha echoed.
On the other hand, the CBI has also taken Governor’s appointment in West Bengal to explain the situation to him. Following this drama by the BJP government, Opposition leaders have been offering their support and condemning this “arrogant” attitude of the BJP, blaming the Modi-Shah duo for undermining democratic institutions. Leaders of various Opposition parties including Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, Omar Abdullah, Ahmed Patel, MK Stalin had called Mamatha to extend their solidarity and support.
With just two months for the Lok Sabha elections, looks like the BJP Government is trying to stifle all anti-BJP allies with cases or scams by using the ED or CBI to its own political benefit. Earlier, it was Chandrababu Naidu, then came ED raids on Mayawati and Akshilesh, now it is Mamatha. So, who is BJP’s next target? The political games in the run upto elections have begun and it is getting tense!
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