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Mamata to take protest to national stage

KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed “ethical victory” over the Supreme Court order and called off her 70-hour “satyagraha” within the night time within the presence of TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu. She also announced a “Save-India, Save-Constitution” dharna in Delhi after a gathering of opposition parties on February 13 and 14.

Banerjee had began the dharna at Metro Channel on Sunday night time — terming it an apolitical “satyagraha” — demanding an finish to the misuse of central agencies through the Narendra Modi government. That followed a consult with through CBI officials to the place of dwelling of Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar “for wondering” him. The leader minister had instantly thrown her weight behind the commissioner.

On Tuesday, Banerjee’s “ethical victory” used to be for the reason that apex court docket had stopped the CBI from taking any “coercive step” in opposition to Kumar.

“This dharna is a victory for the Constitution and democracy; so, allow us to finish it lately,” Banerjee stated.

“We are so grateful and obliged to the Supreme Court,” stated Banerjee, who seemed disturbing and seemed to be below pressure while sitting on the dais prior to the order went out at 11am. “It will reinforce the morale of the officials. The state and central provider officials should appreciate every other. The central government has its jurisdictions and should no longer intervene within the state’s industry. Central agencies are coming to arrest participants of state agencies with none consultation with the state government. Don’t you assume it disturbs the regulation and order machinery of the state? Whatever the state government has stated is basically correct and we welcome the order,” she added.

Accusing the Centre of misusing CBI, she stated: “All political combatants are being stressed.... Tomorrow they're going to say arrest Mamata Banerjee because she wears hawai chappals.”

The leader minister even remarked that it used to be good that Kumar has been requested to look for the CBI probe in Shillong. “Good,” she stated. “He works round the yr. This will give him two days of leisure.”

Earlier within the day, the Trinamool Congress leader fished out the purported tell-all letter in 2013 from Saradha boss Sudipta Sen, now in jail, to confirm her political vendetta rate in opposition to the Modi government. The Saradha boss, within the letter, had alleged that Congress-turned-BJP minister from Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, had taken money from him, a rate the minister has refuted. The letter also mentions the identify of BJP junior minister Babul Supriyo. Banerjee referred to the letter — terming Supriyo the “Rose of Rose Valley” — and stated that CBI had simplest arrested leaders of her birthday celebration. Congress chief and lawyer Kapil Sibal also raised questions concerning the position of the “Trinamool man now in BJP”, with out naming Mukul Roy, once thought to be the No. 2 man within the Trinamool Congress.

Banerjee also had Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly in her crosshairs. “I'm the only elevating my voice in opposition to Narendra Modi. Why is he after us? His identify used to be dragged in numerous circumstances like Godhra. Should I ask what had took place to Haren Pandya [home minister of Gujarat, murdered in 2003]?... Only I discuss these items. So they want to kill me.... They [the Central government] want to regulate the entire agencies, together with the state agencies also. PM, you surrender from Delhi and return to Gujarat. One man government, one birthday celebration government is there,” Banerjee stated.

The CM poured scorn on UP leader minister Yogi Adityanath, who addressed a rally in Purulia on Tuesday. “He does no longer know from which seat he will have the ability to seek re-election. Isi liye Bangal mein ghumta rehta hai,” she stated of him.

The dharna will have been termed “apolitical”, however it turned into a rallying level for all 23 opposition birthday celebration leaders, who had come down to Kolkata only a fortnight ago on January 19 to pledge fortify for a united opposition. While RJD chief Tejaswi Yadav, DMK MP Kanimozhi, TDP leader Chandrababu Nadu, Samajwadi chief Akhilesh’s emissary Kiranmoy Nanda came down to Kolkata in harmony with Banerjee’s sit-in protest, a number of leaders together with Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal spoke to her over the phone all the way through the dharna expressing unity in opposition to the “one-man” show. The rapid takeaway for the opposition from the dharna is that the anti-Modi refrain grew more potent, and got heard across the nation.

“The sit-in protest has been an enormous good fortune,” stated the TDP leader on Tuesday. “We have got national attention through this dharna. Even the NDA couldn’t ignore our voice. Democracy is in peril. This time it is even worse than the Emergency.” He announced that the opposition would come together every time there may be such an affront, and appealed to the people of Bengal to present all 42 Lok Sabha seats from Bengal to Banerjee.

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