West Bengal has been the new political battleground and broadcasting of the live political drama aftermath of muscle-flexing between the CBI officials and Mamata Banerjee’s police is the latest addition in the same. The showdown started when CBI officers wanted to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar over chit fund scams, but in the unprecedented set of events, they were detained by Kolkata police. The Chief Minister herself sat on Dharna and police commissioner along with his colleague join the political bandwagon.
In an exclusive interview to Organiser Senior Correspondent Nishant Kr Azad, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's West Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh alleged that Mamata is killing Democracy in broad daylight. He also asks why she is worried about an officer being examined by a central agency in connection with a scam. Excerpts :
Q. How do you see the standoff between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the CBI?
Mamata Banerjee and her close associates are neck deep in corruption and scandals. And to suppress the truth, Mamata is using the state machinery.
What happened a few days ago in Bengal is very disturbing. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had reached Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's house to stop CBI from questioning him. The question is, what’s there with the Police Commissioner that Mamata Banerjee went out of the way to protect him. She reached his house and sat on a dharna to save him while she kept quiet even when her top leaders were arrested.
“Mamata Banerjee and her close associates are neck deep in corruption and scandals. And to suppress the truth, Mamata is using the state machinery”We all know that under the guidance of Supreme Court, the CBI moved to Kolkata for further investigation in the chit fund scams and to question Rajeev Kumar, the present Police Commissioner and the man who had headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Saradha and Rose Valley scams that surfaced in 2013.
The Police Commissioner was sent a notice three times by the CBI to come to their office to connect the dots in their investigation. He did not comply with the notices served, and when the CBI team went to Bengal to squeeze him over the missing evidence in the SIT investigation, Mamata Banerjee came in between. Rajeev Kumar has been making CBI run for more than a year and not cooperating with the investigation.
As the SIT Head, all the documents and proofs of infamous Saradha chit fund scam is with Rajeev Kumar, and there is nothing wrong to question Rajeev Kumar for the further leads. This is very sad to see the way Mamata behaved.
Q. Mamata and Opposition have accused that the BJP and PM Modi is using CBI for political vendetta.
This is baseless. It was Mamata who had demanded CBI enquiry in many cases in the past, and now when the same CBI is investigating the scam on the instructions of the Supreme Court, she sat on a dharna and saying that she will not allow CBI to enter the State. The way Mamata police behaved with the CBI officers as if they were the criminals.
“The moment BJP started making inroads in Bengal, Mamata began to target us. Till now, more than 40 BJP karyakartas have been killed in Bengal, and the ruling party has harassed thousands of our karyakartas. On her instruction, our innocent workers got arrested by the police”
When UPA Government was at the Centre, the same CBI had even interrogated Narendra Modi for hours even though he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. The same CBI examined Amit Shah. But they cooperated in the investigations. Then why is Mamata not cooperating? It means that there is something fishy.
We should not forget that more than 20 lakh common people who were small investors lost their money in the chit fund scam which involves around 50-60 thousand crores.
Q. Why is Mamata so desperate to prevent the questionning of Kolkota Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar by CBI?
You cannot hide anything in Democracy for long. Mamata needs to answer on Saradha, Narada and Rose Valley scams. Mamata ki Jaan Rajeev Kumar me atki hai, and that is why Mamata doesn’t want his interrogation. If Rajeev Kumar reveals the truth to CBI, Mamata Government will be at risk, and that is why she is trying to save him.
“Everybody in Bengal knows that ‘who is behind the Saradha chit fund scam’. Even TMC MPs and MLAs have gone to jail in this case. The people of Bengal know that TMC leaders are corrupt”Q. After Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath’s chopper not allowed to land in Bengal by the State Government.
The moment BJP started making inroads in Bengal, Mamata began to target us. Till now, more than 40 BJP karyakartas have been killed in Bengal, and the ruling party has harassed thousands of our karyakartas. On her instruction, our innocent workers got arrested by the police. Even my car was attacked by her goons many times. BJP is on target of Mamata because we have made a strong base despite her high-handedness and made ourselves a major challenger for her with the people’s support.
Despite not allowing chopper of our senior leaders in Bengal, lakhs of people are attending the rallies; this is frustrating Mamata even more. People of Bengal is now fed up with her rule and want a change.
Q. How far are you successful in convincing the people of Bengal on Saradha scam?
Everybody in Bengal knows that ‘who is behind the Saradha chit fund scam’. Even TMC MPs and MLAs have gone to jail in this case. The people of Bengal know that TMC leaders are corrupt. People want justice.
Q. BJP leaders are not allowed to even land in Bengal, how you are going to campaign there?
Mamata will not be able to stop us for a long time. We will do our best to reach out the people of Bengal, and soon the condition will change.
Q. Communists have also held a rally, other opposition parties are also standing with Mamata, what is BJP’s strategy to counter such a hostile atmosphere?
We are doing rally in every district. For long, the people of Bengal have been looking for “Bikalp and Poriborton” (alternative and change), and now they see BJP as a suitable option. We are heading towards victory.