Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2019 12:43:00

THE cantankerous act by West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee to oppose the operations by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in Kolkata is absolutely reprehensible. The very fact that the Kolkata Police restrain the CBI team from carrying out raid on the premises of the Police Chief and that the Chief Minister herself launches a night-long dharna in protest, is something totally unheard of. This action by Ms. Mamata Banerjee indicates to which depth she has allowed her politics to sink. 

When the State Police restrain a central agency from conducting its operations, they only indicate an open confrontation. There are legal and constitutional ways to tackle the action by a central agency. However, the West Bengal Chief Minister has resorted to a brazen behaviour by asking the Kolkata Police to restrain the CBI team and then to launch a late-night protest herself. In the current politically-charged situation in the election year, most Opposition parties have supported Ms. Mamata Banerjee, only adding to the complications.

The Kolkata Police could have waited for the next morning to urge the honourable Supreme Court to intervene. Ultimately the Kolkata Police did approach the High Court, no matter the HC’s refusal to hear the plea urgently. The CBI, too, approached the apex court, and its appeal would be heard a day later. The Kolkata Police could have easily done that, which it did not perhaps because of the direction from Ms. Mamata Banerjee. Unfortunately, thus, the episode has assumed an avoidable political colouration.

Stories abound about massive corruption in the Trinamool Congress regime headed by Ms. Mamata Banerjee. Stories also do the rounds about how the Chief Minister directs her goons to ‘take care’ of things and issues and people that do not agree with her ways. Despite all the political tall talk, West Bengal has continued to reel under absence of development. Industry has made no progress. Agriculture has sunk to a new low. Trade and business are suffering because of the goon culture. This picture appears almost as a continuation of the situation under the previous Leftist regime that kept the State under eternal poverty and backwardness for full three decades.

One of the most shocking realities of West Bengal came to light when the Tatas withdrew their proposed automobile car plant after years of neglect by the West Bengal Government. It was that waste of time, energy and money that ultimately led to hike in the price of the world’s smallest car. Had the Singur plant of the Tatas gone on steam in right time, Nano car might not have proved to be a bad business idea. There could be some other reasons as well for the Nano tragedy, but the treatment the House of Tatas got in West Bengal was one of the dirty reasons that bombed a basically good project.

It is obvious, the State of West Bengal stands deprived of any whiff of development because Ms. Mamata Banerjee and her political party and the State administration are fundamentally interested only in milking the exchequer. So brazen has Ms. Banerjee become that she refuses to cooperate with the Centre on developmental schemes and projects. All her actions point to only one direction: Ms. Banerjee is interested in dirty politics with the help of gangs of goons she sponsors as part of her politics.

The proposed raid by CBI on Kolkata Police chief Mr. Rajeev Kumar was an effort to unearth the details of the chit fund frauds Saradha and Rose Valley. The fact that the Kolkata Police was asked to restrain the CBI team indicates amply that there was something fishy that Ms. Banerjee did not want to surface come what may. The confrontation that ensued on Sunday evening and night demonstrates fully how bad things are in West Bengal under Ms. Mamata Banerjee, the so-called messiah of the poor.