Centre seeks report from Bengal Governor

The Opposition, on the other hand, accused the BJP-led government of using the CBI as a ‘weapon’ to destroy political rivals and target Opposition-ruled States. The lower House didn’t see any business as the House was adjourned for the day after repeated disruptions. “There may be a constitutional breakdown in West Bengal…Under the Constitution, the Central government has been vested with the power to maintain normalcy in any part of the country,” Mr. Singh said, amid sloganeering from Trinamool members. “Whatever happened on Sunday, it indicates constitutional breakdown,” he said, even as Trinamool members were shouting slogans like “CBI tota hain (CBI is a parrot) and Chowkidar chor hain.” Mr. Singh said Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was not cooperating with the CBI that was investigating chit fund scam cases in the State under the Supreme Court’s direction. Opposition unites Earlier, a united Opposition attacked the Centre for the alleged misuse of the investigating agency against political rivals. Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy said the Constitutional crisis was due to the Centre wanting to politically capture the State using the CBI. The Centre was “constantly using the CBI to throttle the Opposition”, alleged Mr. Roy and said the Trinamool was strongly protesting this, including with a dharna by party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the Centre of using the CBI as a weapon to finish the Opposition and put in place an ‘autocratic’ dispensation. The Congress leader said whether it was Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu, the CBI was being misused to target opponents. “Neither the people nor any party would bow down before such actions,” Mr. Kharge said. Biju Janata Dal leader B. Mahtab said the entire incident raised questions about the integrity of the CBI. “We are not a banana republic,” he said and added that the CBI was becoming a “political weapon” at the hands of the Centre. The BJD leader also claimed that the agency was being used to target the BJD government in Odisha. NCP leader Supriya Sule condemned the CBI for using its muscle power against a woman Chief Minister. Dharmendra Yadav (SP) and Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav (RJD) also spoke against the Centre.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/centre-seeks-report-from-bengal-governor/article26179652.ece

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