West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaks to her party workers during the sit-in in Kolkata on Monday, 4 February. 

Mamata’s Dharna Continues, Tejashwi & Kanimozhi Join in Solidarity

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK’s Kanimozhi met West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday, 4 February, and expressed solidarity with the Trinamool Congress chief.

On Monday, Banerjee continued her ‘Save the Constitution’ dharna against the CBI’s attempt to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with ponzi scam cases.

Bengal plunged into an unprecedented crisis after a CBI team went to Kumar’s residence on Sunday, 3 February, to question him, but was briefly detained by the state police. Banerjee has voiced support for Kumar and slammed the BJP for attacking “federalism and constitutional values” of the country.

  • A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court would hear the CBI’s pleas against the Kolkata police chief and the West Bengal government on Tuesday, 5 February
  • The West Bengal government has moved the Calcutta HC against the CBI. High court will hear the matter on Tuesday
  • The West Bengal Governor has sent a confidential report to the Home Ministry on the Kolkata crisis
  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several other Opposition leaders on Sunday extended their full support to Mamata Banerjee
  • A BJP office in Kolkata’s Bhabanipur was vandalised on Monday, with the saffron party blaming it on TMC “goons”

Watch: Tejashwi Yadav, Kanimozhi Meet Mamata Banerjee

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK’s Kanimozhi met Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday, and expressed solidarity amid the standoff between the state government and the Centre.

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Watch: Opposition Leaders Address Media in Delhi Over West Bengal Crisis

Tejashwi Yadav, Kanimozhi Arrive in Kolkata to Meet Mamata

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK leader Kanimozhi have arrived in Kolkata to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

CBI Move & Mamata's Dharna are "Politically Motivated": CPI(M)

The CPI(M) on Monday termed as "politically motivated", both CBI's latest move in chit fund scam cases and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's sit-in protest.

“CPI(M) has been demanding swift punishment to the guilty in the Saradha scams, but for so many years CBI under BJP was in slow motion.”
Senior party leader Brinda Karat to PTI

"Now its actions are clearly politically motivated as is the 'drama dharna' of Mamata Banerjee. The timing is to divert attention from the huge Left rally termed the people's brigade yesterday (Sunday) in Kolkata", the politburo member said.

She said her party reiterates its demand to punish all accused, including those who are involved in the scam, and also return the seized money to the people.

'Whatever the Central Govt Has Done in WB is Extremely Dangerous': Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday accused the Modi government of “unleashing” all the agencies on its political opponents, in view of the the developments in West Bengal.

“Whatever the Central government has done in West Bengal is extremely dangerous and is completely against the Constitution and democracy. Such actions pose a big danger to the country.”
Arvind Kejriwal

He further questioned how could 40 CBI officers and personnel attempt to enter the residence of the Kolkata Police commissioner “without any warrant or legal paper”. “It was clearly illegal and unconstitutional,” he said.