Mamata versus BJP: There may be constitutional breakdown in West Bengal, says Rajnath Singh

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Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh said there might be constitutional breakdown in West Bengal, adding that the government of India has the power to take action, following the unprecedented detention of CBI officials, PTI reported.

Giving a statement in the Lok Sabha, he called the situation unprecedented, and a threat to the federal political system of the country, as per the report.

“There may be constitutional breakdown in West Bengal… under the Constitution, the central government has been vested with the power to maintain normalcy in any part of the country,” he said, according to the PTI.

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Sunday who had arrived at Kolkata Police Commissioner’s residence, Rajeev Kumar to investigate him regarding the chit fund case, were denied permission and were briefly detained by the police.

Interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao told ANI there was evidence against Kumar.

Following the news, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, alleging a coup against her government, started an indefinite dharna. During her address toward the reporters, she criticized Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, stating that there was a constitutional breakdown occurring under Modi’s rule.

“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 and added that she would continue with the dharna today.

The top court fixed Tuesday morning to hear GoI’s plea. Mehta said it’s “unusual” that “personnel of uniformed services are on dharma with political party” and sought the court’s immediate intervention to stop it.

Following the unprecedented news, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said: Her (Mamata Banerjee) allegation is right. This country is in danger as its becoming dictatorial. They (GoI) are not masters of this country, people are.

Vice President of National Conference, Omar Abdullah tweeted out his support and stated that using CBI as ‘a political tool’ had ‘crossed all limits’, including the current regime’s ‘misuse of institutions’.

Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, also tweeted ‘in solidarity’ with Mamata Banerjee, stating how disheartening it was ‘to see how institutions are being hijacked only to discredit political opponents’.

(With inputs from PTI)

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