An unprecedented high voltage political drama has taken place in West Bengal’s Kolkata where Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers were arrested by the state police officials, reportedly, at the behest of the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. The CBI officers had knocked the door of Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar, who is, allegedly, an accused in the Rosy Vally and Sarada Chit fund scam worth several crores, reported ANI. As per reports, Mamata Banerjee reached Rajeev Kumar’s residence as soon as the reports of CBI officers trying to get access to Rajeev Kumar surfaced in the news. The next was the press conference addressed by Banerjee where she accused BJP for misusing CBI against her administrative officers. Making a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and National Security Agent Ajit Doval, Banerjee accused three of the national leaders of attacking democracy by misusing CBI. The chief minister then announced her agitation against BJP in sometime from Kolkata’s Metro Channel. She reached the Metro Channel and started her agitation, with her was her minister as well as other party leaders. Surprisingly, the accused police officer, Rajeev Kumar, was also seen sitting in the same row with Banerjee.
In the meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers started their violent agitation across the state, mainly in Hoogly and Asansol. The TMC workers have reportedly stopped the rail services at Hoogly’s Rishra, reported ANI. As per the latest report, TMC workers have set the effigy of PM Modi on fire in Asansol, reported ANI. The interim CBI director, M Nageshwar Rao, has spoken to the Pankaj Srivastava, Joint Director (CBI) Kolkata, and additional team of CBI was sent to Kolkata to strengthen the CBI’s stand over the issue.
The CBI chief has also spoken to ANI to inform that the central agency has sought time from the state governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi, to discuss the whole issue. The agency will also approach the Supreme Court, on Monday, to complain about state administration’s behaviour towards it when it is just following the direction of the apex court to investigate the chit fund scam.
Meanwhile, the whole of opposition party leaders extended their support to Banerjee for her stand. Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Sharad Pawar, Tejashwi Yadav, Omar Abdullah, Chandrababu Naidu and Mayawati took no time to back Banerjee for her protest against BJP. “I spoke to Mamata Di tonight and told her we stand shoulder to shoulder with her. The happenings in Bengal are a part of unrelenting attack on India’s institutions by Mr. Modi & the BJP. The entire opposition will stand together & defeat these fascist forces,” read the tweet by Congress party chief, on Sunday. The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) chief, Omar Abdullah, also didn’t waste much time to express his view in supporting the West Bengal CM. “Just spoke to @MamataOfficial didi to convey the support of @JKNC_ as she sits in dharna. 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,” tweeted Abdullah from his official Twitter handle.