Opposition parties late Sunday night expressed solidarity with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.
In a dramatic showdown with the Modi government, a furious Banerjee, wrapped in a brown woollen shawl, began a sit-in right in front of the Metro Cinema to protest “insults” she faced at the hands of the prime minister and Shah, hours after a CBI team that had gone to question Kumar was detained in a rare face-off between the police establishments of the Centre and the state.
Congress claims assault
CBI’s attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief in connection with chit fund scams, as the Congress termed it “mala fide” and an “assault” on the federal polity. Congress president Rahul Gandhi called up Banerjee and extended support to her, saying the entire opposition is together and it will defeat the fascist forces. He alleged the events in West Bengal were part of an unrelenting attack on India’s institutions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. He said the Congress stood shoulder to shoulder with Banerjee who is on an overnight dharna.
Mamata lashed out at Prime Minister
Addressing the reporters, Mamata lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national chief Amit Shah. She said there is a constitutional breakdown under PM Modi. “PM Modi is destroying institutions in the country. How can CBI officials come to Kolkata police chief’s residence without a warrant? I am proud of my police force. Kolkata police chief is among the best, ” she said, adding that she will sit on dharna today.
“Did we commit any crime?
As drama continues in West Bengal over an unexpected visit of the CBI officers to Kolkata, the central agency dragged the state government to the Supreme Court. The agency’s interim boss, M Nageswara Rao, had said that the West Bengal police are not cooperating, therefore, “we will approach the Supreme Court on Monday”.
“Did we commit any crime?” Mr Rao said.
The high-profile agency will inform the Supreme Court about the non-cooperation of the Bengal government and its police.