Addressing a press conference after the entire fracas unfolded in West Bengal, O’Brien accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah of putting the Constitution in danger. “PM Modi has to go, Amit Shah has to go, otherwise the Constitution is in danger, institutions are in danger and the country is in danger. Mamata Banerjee has fought many battles before and another one starts tonight at 9 pm,” he said, referring to the CM’s dharna.
Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from West Bengal, Derek O’Brien, on Sunday called the CBI raids on Kolkata Commissioner of Police a ‘constitutional coup’ and ‘unabated destruction of institutions’.
“I am going to stage a dharna to save the federal structure. From today, I’m going to sit near the Metro Channel. Tomorrow proceedings in the State Assembly will take place where I will hold a meeting. This dharna means satyagraha,” the CM told mediapersons.
Elaborating on the Trinamool Congress’ agenda of an anti-BJP front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, O’Brien said, “Amit Shah and Narendra Modi cannot fight the TMC. They are resorting to political vendetta after what they saw in United India rally. BJP knows TMC slogan has arrived — ‘2019-BJP Finish’.”
“The perpetrators are actually Modi, Shah and (NSA) Ajit Doval, I heard it from my sources and I say this with full responsibility… The TMC has spoken to all like-minded parties and given them an update on what happened today in Kolkata. It has happened to Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Congress, TDP, AAP and all the parties,” he told mediapersons.
Banerjee accused the BJP of “torturing” West Bengal. “They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did the anti-BJP rally at Brigade Parade Grounds last month.
A scuffle reportedly broke out between the state police force and the CBI team after they raided the Commissioner of Police’s residence. The Kolkata Police sought a warrant from the CBI team and failure of which led to the adverse measures. Around five CBI officials were been detained but had later been released.