Kolkata: The country’s non-Congress opposition parties sided with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the BJP’s top leadership pounced on West Bengal with all its might after being beaten hands down in the Assembly Elections held recently.
It is being thought that the arrest of four leaders — Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee —in connection with the Narada scam is out of vengeance.
The Trinamool leader also spoke to leaders of parties like Samajwadi Party, RJD, Shiv Sena, National Conference, AAP after the results of the West Bengal Assembly polls.
Discussions have also started on whether Mamata will be the one to lead the opposition in the Lok Sabha polls in 2024. Significantly, the opposition also stood by Mamata over the arrest of Trinamool leaders and ministers.
The BJP and West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s actions have also been condemned by parties like the Left Front and the Indian National Congress.
“Jagdeep Dhankharai is the real opposition leader of West Bengal! It seems that the rulers of Delhi have not yet been able to digest the massive defeat of West Bengal. This is what the Modi government has been doing for years,” RJD leader Manoj Kumar Jha said.
Samajwadi Party leader Kiranmoy Nanda also spoke of the conspiracy theory. “The BJP is conspiring after losing the West Bengal elections and they will continue to do so. It has been proven since yesterday’s incident,” Nanda was quoted as saying by Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.
Shiv Sena has also started singing a similar tune. “The way the Modi government is using the CBI is undoubtedly a political ploy. And the way the governor is showing political interest, the countrymen will not accept it well,” party leader Sanjay Raut said.
“The real culprits are Mukul Roy and Shuvendu Adhikari. Their names are also in the list of Narda cases. Did the CBI call them?” Raut added.
CPI (M) general secretary D Raja said, “We have political differences with Mamata Banerjee. But what is happening now in West Bengal is the question of maintaining the Centre-State relationship and the federal system. The BJP is not abiding by anything.”