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Mamta Banerjee, the BJP Claims ‘Moral Victory’

Posted by Aditya Singh on February 8, 2019 | Comment

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Forty officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) knocked on the door of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence for a probe in chit fund scams. In a surprising turn on events, the CBI has accused that state police detained and harassed the officials from Central agencies.  Kumar had headed the special investigation team (SIT) probing the Saradha and Rose Valley scams before the Supreme Court handed over the probe to the CBI in 2014.

Meanwhile, Mamta Banerjee began her ‘sitting-in protest’  at Esplanade in the heart of the Kolkata to protest the move of the CBI to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar as she accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah of plotting a ‘coup’. This is the same place where Ms Banarjee carried out her 26-day hunger strike in 2006 against the land acquisition for Tata Nano plant in Singur against the Left government.

The CBI filed an urgent plea in the Supreme Court against the Bengal state government and Police Commissioner of Kolkata. The CBI claimed it contempt of the 2014 Supreme Court judgment where it ordered the state governments to hand over the investigation chit fund scams to the central agency.

 Out of the 42-seats, the BJP could only bag two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the party did fairly well in the panchayat elections last year. Although the Trinamool Congress swept the polls, the BJP still managed to finish second. The BJP seeks to increase its vote-share and seats in the state. The amended Citizenship Act has created a lot of ruckus for the BJP in the North-eastern states. It would surely cost them some seats in the region. They would try to gain the support in Mamta’s West Bengal that the Party has lost in north-east. The amended Citizenship Bill is expected to help the saffron party in Bengal.

Didi knows it well that the BJP is trying to woo voters from her state. The saffron party seeks to frame the Mamta government and its officials under corruption charges. There is no denying the fact that the TMC remains the largest party in the state. Plus, Mamta can never be under-estimated. Ms Banarjee is a big player in the state and would try to win as many seats as they did in 2014 Lok Sabha. She understands it well that if she can manage to win 32-34 seats again, she will be able to emerge as a strong contender in national politics.

The conflict between New Delhi and Kolkata reached the Supreme Court when the CBI went to the apex court for an urgent hearing.  The Supreme Court issued a notice to the West Bengal government on the CBI’s petition alleging that its officers were mistreated by the Kolkata police. The apex court prevented the arrest of Kolkata police Chief Rajeev Kumar but asked him to cooperate with the CBI’s investigation in a “neutral” place — Shillong. The Court has also sought a response from the West Bengal Chief Secretary, DGP and Kumar by February 18.

What was not surprising was the fact that both the parties sought their ‘moral victories’ in the apex court judgment. On one hand, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed it a ‘moral victory’ for the CBI, while on the other hand, Mamta Banerjee called off her dharna terming it ‘a victory of the constitution and people of the state.

It is really unfortunate that constitutional institutions are being crushed to favour political agendas of the parties. The BJP seeks to up Lok Sabha seats their tally in the state. They only managed to win two seats in the previous Lok Sabha polls. But it is a clear message to Modi-Shah duo that entering into Mamta’s turf is not going to be a cake’s walk for them. Ms Banarjee posed herself as the lioness of West Bengal yet again. 

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