New Delhi: “Never seen a Chief Minister doing dharna to save a police commissioner”, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday, referring to TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s indefinite strike over the CBI’s attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief in connection with a ponzi scheme scam.
“Whatever is happening in Kolkata and West Bengal is one of a kind. Never before was an investigating team taken into custody by police. It’s murder of democracy. Why is she staging dharna, who does she want to shield? — Police Commissioner or herself?”, asked the Union Minister, while addressing a press conference.
He also took a dig at Opposition parties for extending their full support to Mamata Banerjee. “Who are these people? They are out on bail. Such people are standing together. This is not Mahagathbandhan, they are divided by vision and united by corruption. The corrupt are standing together,” Javadekar claimed.
The showdown started after a CBI team arrived at residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to innterrogate him in connection with the ponzi scheme scam case but the state police had refused to let them enter and temporarily detained them at a police station. CM Banerjee, who had extended support to Kumar on Sunday, also rushed to his (Kolkata police chief) house and was closeted with other top officers, including state police Director General Virendra.
After coming out of Kumar’s residence, she alleged that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was giving instructions to the CBI at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. “I am sorry to say National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is giving instructions to the agency. He is implementing what PM Narendra Modi is asking for. He should tell the people that it is not correct,” an agitated Banerjee had said.
“I will start a dharna (sit-in) at Dharamtala area to save institutions, Constitution and the federal structure of the country,” she announced.