West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee ends dharna in Kolkata
Kolkata: After three days, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ended her sit-in protest against CBI action against Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday but vowed to continue her fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi till he is removed from power.
The Supreme Court in its order on the CBI-West Bengal government standoff said that Kolkata police commissioner Kumar can be quizzed in a neutral place in Meghalaya but cannot be subjected to any coercive action like arrest.
Banerjee had started the sit-in protest on Sunday in Kolkata and several opposition leaders, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, had extended their support to the TMC supremo.
Lambasting PM Narienda Modi in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, she ended her dharna and said: “I am withdrawing this dharna for now. But our fight will continue till Modi is removed from power.”
Amid cheering crowd, Banerjee said: “We will now do a program in Delhi. We will continue the fight unless Modi is removed.”
Mamata Banerjee thanked all opposition parties who extended support to her dharna.
Naidu praised Mamata and said she is doing extraordinary sacrifice for the nation.
“We appreciate Mamata Banerjee for her extraordinary sacrifice.No leader can do it. The entire country saw what happened in West Bengal,” Naidu said.
Earlier this morning, the the Supreme Court ordered Kolkata Police Commissioner Kumar to appear before the CBI in the Sarada chit fund scam case, media reports said.