New Delhi: Hitting back at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Whatever is happening in Kolkata and West Bengal is one of a kind. Never before was an investigating team taken into custody by police."
"It's murder of democracy. We want to ask Mamata Banerjee why is she staging dharna, who does she want to shield? Police Commissioner or herself?” he added.
Javadekar also hit out at the Opposition ledaers who have come out in support of Mamata Banerjee and her protest against the CBI.
Javadekar said, “Opposition parties have supported Mamata Banerjee. Who are these people? They are out on bail. Such people are standing together. This is not Mahagathbandhan, they are divided by vision and united by corruption. The corrupt are standing together.”
“Ye Mamata ji ki emergency hai Bengal mein. Hamari nahi hai, Mamata ji ki hai (This is Mamata’s emergency in West Bengal, and not the Centre’s), said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar as reported by news agency ANI.
Echoing similar views, Union Minister Smriti Irani said: "The fact that paramilitary forces had to be deployed for the protection of those officers who were diligently doing their duty is for the first time an unprecedented view given to citizens with regards to the state of anarchy in West Bengal."
A five-member CBI team moved to arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Sunday, but were denied entry to the Kolkata Police chief's residence and subsequently detained.
Following the incident, Banerjee started a sit-in protest along with her ministers on Sunday night.