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Mamata Banerjee launches dharna, says PM Modi, Amit Shah planning coup in Bengal

Mamata Banerjee accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah of plotting a ‘coup’ in Bengal.

In a dramatic move Sunday evening, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she was launching a dharna in the heart of Kolkata immediately 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’.

“I will start a dhrana in front of Metro as long as this attack is not stopped. I shall go to the spot and launch the dharna right now,” said Banerjee. “Tomorrow I have the state budget. We will make a makeshift room where I shall hold the cabinet meeting to pass the budget.”

She said her struggle will continue till “the situation is resolved.” Her comments came as she visited the police commissioner’s residence after a CBI team which showed up to quiz the Kolkata Police chief was detained by the local police.

“Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have teamed up to humiliate Bengal. They are trying to stage a coup in the state simply because I organised the opposition meeting on January 19. This is worse than the Emergency.”

“They even summoned the person who serves tea in my house. He is a 72-year-old man against whom none has ever raised a finger,” she said.

She accused National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of being the Prime Miister’s handmaiden. “Mr Doval who is in charge of NSA is carrying out instructions of Modi. Doval is giving instructions to the CBI,” she alleged.

The chief minister said her government had formed a Special Investigation Team and returned Rs 300 crore to the poor people who lost their money in the Saradha scam.

“Saradha was formed in 1980. CPI(M) brought them, but there was no investigation against them. It’s more than five years since the investigation began. Whenever there is an election — 2014 LS polls, 2016 Assembly polls, 2018 panchayat polls — this issue is raked up,” she alleged.

“They cannot fight me politically. If you have any documents, warrants, you can certainly come,” she remarked.

“How can you visit the house of the Kolkata Police commissioner without a warrant? Is it a secret operation?… Next they will visit the house of the home secretary and the chief secretary,” she added.

“If Modi can’t be removed, the country will be ruined. Will they now proceed to Article 355 and 356?” she said.

 

courtesy : Hindustan Times

 

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