West Bengal is at the forefront of political anarchy as Mamata Banerjee stands in conflict with the Centre and it does not appear that she will be losing her ground any time soon. BJP-led Centre sees TMC as an ongoing threat to power in the wake of national ambitions of the regional party. The left wing consolidation of opposition parties in West Bengal last month saw a participation of 23 political parties and its seismic waves reached the Centre depicting the flow of the current.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is actively campaigning for the implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that grants citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants in India especially from Bangladesh. This Bill has been opposed by regional parties and by the local population in Assam as well but BJP is undeterred in its plans.
Since April 2017, Amit Shah and Narendra Modi-led BJP actively started their campaigning against the left-leaning parties dominating the political populace of the West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has emerged as the face of the New Left that has been consolidating several left-leaning political parties under one roof to take on BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
It should be kept in mind that West Bengal has the proficiency and the size to influence the outcome of Lok Sabha polls given its sheer size and population. Even in 2014 General Elections which were marked by Narendra Modiâ€™s wave all over the country, Trinamool won 34 of the 42 seats in total, making Trinamool the fourth largest party in Lok Sabha. There is high possibility that, if it performs well in 2019, Mamata Banerjee may emerge as a strong Prime Ministerial candidate among the coalition.
After Amit Shahâ€™s Rath Yatra was denied entry into West Bengal, firebrand BJP Leader Yogi Adityanathâ€™s chopper was also denied permission to land in the State Boundary and he had to take to road to address the gatherings of his political base in the State.
Bharatiya Janata Party has also demanded to impose Presidential Rule in West Bengal after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials were arrested by Bengal police. Mamata Banerjee is being accused of shielding corrupt and tainted officials by the Union Minister Babul Supriyo who also belongs to the state of West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee took to the constitutional means to register protest and sat on a â€œSave the Constitutionâ€ dharna against the CBI, she had alleged that CBI officials had no evidence against the police officer they were sent to arrest.
CBI officials had gone to inquire Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for his alleged role in various chit fund scams and this whole situation is termed as a â€œconstitutional crisisâ€ by West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy.
As the matter reached the court, Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Rajeev Kumar to present himself before the CBI and cooperate with the agency in relation to the chit fund scam allegations on him. But till then, cleared the Supreme Court, no other coercive steps will be taken by the police including the arrest of aforementioned police officer.
As the Supreme Court barred the Kolkata Police Commissioner from being arrested, Mamata Banerjee has hailed this decision a victory of the common man, democracy and Constitution. “There must be some story behind this. Nobody can dare to speak against (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Modi. Ours is a mass agitation and we are going to fight it united,” the chief minister said.
Several opposition leaders, including Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, DMK’s Kanimozhi, RJD’s Tejaswhi Yadav, have supported Banerjee’s protest.
This case can very well prove to be a milestone in the journey of exposing how the ruling party at the Centre is using government institutions in playing the game of political vendetta.