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Feb 05, 2019
11:02AM

Mamata Banerjee's move to stage dhrana a disgracefull reaction: Arun Jaitley

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Union Minister Arun Jaitley has called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s move to stage a dharna over the CBI’s attempt to quiz Kolkata Police Commissioner in relation to the Sarada chit fund scam case a disgraceful and disproportionate over-reaction.
In a Facebook post today titled 'The Kleptocrat’s Club', Mr Jaitley said, Banerjee’s disproportionate over-reaction on the issue has flagged several issues for public discourse and the most important being that a Kleptocrat’s Club now aspires to capture the reigns of India.

He said it will be a gross error to assume that she did this because of a routine investigation involving a Police Officer.
The Minister said She did it to defocus from other opposition aspirants for the highest office and to project herself as the nucleus of India’s opposition.

Mr Jaitley said, today the CBI is being brutally prevented by physical force and detention of its officer from investigating a crime legally within its jurisdiction, in the State of West Bengal and it is a textbook illustration of a State Government assaulting Federalism.
He said, Federalism is a delicate balance of the Centre-State relationship and the Constitutional framework clearly defines the sharing of functions between the Centre and the State and it does not permit an overlap.

He said, there are Central agencies and organizations which conduct legitimate investigation in States. He said, when Mamata Banerjee decided to sit on a Dharna she received support of many opposition parties who aspire to be in power and most of them, or their affiliates are today being investigated, prosecuted and in some cases have also been convicted for crimes of corruption.
The Union Minister said, curiously, Congress President somersaulted his position from Saradha being a scam to shoulder-to-shoulder support to scamster and interestingly, the first family of Congress where most members are on bail. Mr Jaitley said a non-ideological short-lived coalition of opposition is disaster for India. He said, 2019 election will be either Modi Versus Chaos or Modi Versus Anarchy.
The Minister said Mamata Banerjee’s latest acrobatics are the best evidence of the kind of governance India’s opposition can provide. He said, more importantly, those who have lent support to the West Bengal Dharna are those who are battling serious allegations of economic improprieties, criminal misconduct and even corruption. He questioned that can New India be ever run by this Kleptocrat’s Club.

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