Banerjee said she will continue her “satyagraha” till the country and its Constitution are “saved”.Alleging coup against Centre, Banerjee sat on a dharna around 8.30 pm on Sunday to protest against “the attack on constitutional norms”.
The unprecedented development came after the CBI’s attempt to question Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams. The CBI team was arrested and whisked to a police station when they went to Kumar’s residence to quiz him in the city’s Loudon Street area.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists organised rallies and sit-in demonstrations in various parts of the state to protest against the BJP-led central government.
“This is a satyagraha and I’ll continue till the country is saved,” Banerjee told reporters present at the protest site.
Banerjee said she was getting calls from top politicians across the country- Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi including former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamalnath, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah, and Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.
Effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national President Amit Shah were burnt by the Party workers when they hit the streets from morning in Hooghly, Howrah, Bankura, Burdwan East, Purulia, Birbhum and North 24 Parganas districts.
Shouting slogans against the CBI, the TMC cadres vowed to continue their fight till the Narendra Modi government is defeated in the next Lok Sabha polls. Banerjee had directed party leaders to organise protest marches across the state on Monday between 2 pm and 4 pm without inconveniencing the people.
Insisting that the spirit of “Constitution and federalism” has been stifled, Banerjee had claimed that the CBI knocked on the doors of Kumar without a search warrant.
Banerjee, who in early January organized a massive rally to bring together an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah want to impose President’s rule in whatever states the opposition is in power.