CBI Row: Opposition Leaders Throw their Weight Behind Mamata As She Continues Sit-in

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee staging sit-in against Narendra Modi government. Photo credit (NDTV)

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New Delhi– Amid the confrontation between Mamata Banerjee government and Centre, Opposition parties and their leaders threw their weight behind West Bengal chief Minister who staged a sit-in against the Centre over CBI move in the state on Sunday night.

Opposition leaders unequivocally condemned the Centre’s move to arrest Kolkata police commissioner and termed it ‘emergency like’ situation. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu and president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MK Stalin and others supported the Mamata’s protest.

Calling the prevailing situation ‘similar to the emergency’,
Janata Dal Secular head Gowda expressed his shock over CBI’s move to arrest the
Kolkata Police Commissioner.

He said “I am shocked learning about the CBI rushing to arrest the Police Commissioner and subsequent developments in West Bengal. The country has faced similar kind of unconstitutional methods during the Emergency”.

Attacking on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya
Janata Party Chief Amit Shah, president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Naidu said “We
strongly condemn the incidents happening in Kolkata, a glaring example of how
Modi-Shah duo are destroying the institutions. Attacking political opponents in
different States, few days before the Parliament elections commence, will have
disastrous consequences in the country”.

He further said “After opposition parties started uniting and started to fight together to save democracy, the Modi led BJP is losing all hope. The misuse of institutions by the union government to victimize political opponents in States is reaching dangerous proportions”.

Calling the BJP-led government ‘fascist’, DMK chief Stalin said “The independence of every institution has been compromised under this fascist BJP Government. I stand with @MamataOfficial Didi in her fight to protect the federal structure of this country and to save democracy.#SaveDemocracy”.

Calling Modi-Shah anti-democratic, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said “Spoke to Mamta didi and expressed solidarity. Modi-Shah duo’s action is completely bizarre and anti-democracy”.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) senior leader Tejashwi also
extended his support to TMC supremo. He said “BJP has not only venomous and
nefarious agenda against opposition leaders but Indian Administrative Service
and Police Officers. Might visit Kolkata tomorrow”.

Accusing the Narendra Modi government of misusing the
institutions, he added “The misuse of institutions by the union government to victimize
political opponents in States is reaching dangerous proportions. We strongly
condemn the incidents happening in Kolkata, a glaring example of how Modi-Shah
duo are destroying the institutions. Attacking political opponents in different
States, few days before the Parliament elections commence, will have disastrous
consequences in the country”.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also
expressed his support for West Bengal chief minister and her protest against
the Centre. He said “the use of the CBI as a political tool has crossed all
limits as has the Modi government’s misuse of institutions. A former CM having
such little regard for India’s federalism is shocking”.

TMC chief Mamata has accused Modi government of running a parallel
administration in the state and called the CBI move a ‘constitutional
break-down’. The confrontation got started when CBI officers came to arrest
Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar who was reportedly on the radar of the
CBI for the Ponzi scheme scam case. However, the officers themselves were
detained by the Kolkata police.

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