West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who began a sit-in protest over the CBI’s attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief in connection with chit fund scams, said today that she will continue her “Satyagraha” till the country and its Constitution are “saved”.
The Chief Minister skipped meals and remained awake the entire night on a makeshift dais along with some senior ministers and party members. “This is a Satyagraha and I’ll continue till the country is saved,” Banerjee told reporters who accompanied her at the place of dharna.
In an unprecedented development last evening, Banerjee sat on a dharna, protesting CBI’s attempt to quiz Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams. A CBI team, which went to Kumar’s residence in the city’s Loudon Street area, was denied permission, bundled into police jeeps and were whisked to a police station.
She accused that there is total constitutional breakdown. She asserted that it is her job to protect his officers. “They (the BJP) cannot fight is politically. That’s why they are resorting to all this… Mr (Ajit) Doval is doing whatever PM wants him to do, he is the one giving all the instructions to CBI”, she alleged.
Several political leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh chief minister M Chandrababu Naidu, Uttar Pradesh former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and R J D national president Lalu Prasad, came out in support of Banerjee. Rahul called up Banerjee and extended support to her, saying the entire opposition is together and it will defeat the fascist forces.