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Spot the Dictator: Mamata Who Became Law unto Herself, or, Narendra Modi Who Abided By the Law?

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s act of obstructing the CBI investigation in the state has provided a contrasting picture to her claimed democratic credentials. Ms Banerjee who is pitching herself as an alternative leader through Mahagathbandhan is often seen accusing PM Modi as dictatorial. But the picture of how Mr Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat submitted himself to CBI’s grilling and how the West Bengal Chief Minister now not permitting even a police officer to be quizzed by the CBI in connection with Sarada chit fund scam, perhaps shows the world who the real dictator is today. The dharna politics of Mamata needs to be placed against the record of Narendra Modi’s lawful submission to a similar probe by the central agencies when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.

It should be noted here that the Supreme Court had itself entrusted CBI to probe the Sarada and other ponzi schemes back in May 2014. Thus, it is evidently illogical on the part of Mamata Banerjee to blame the Modi Government for misusing CBI.

How Mr Modi Cooperated With the Investigation

In March 2010, the Supreme Court-appointed probe panel had questioned him on Gujarat riots for about 9 hours in two different sessions.

What was Mr Narendra Modi’s response back then? He never sought to make a public spectacle of the due investigation process unlike Mamata Banerjee’s dharna politics today. As reported by the media, below is the dignified reply by the then Chief Minister:

“The Indian law and constitution are supreme. As a citizen and as the chief minister, I am bound by the constitution and the law. Nobody is above the law.”

Below are some snapshots from various media reports.


Contrast this Picture with Mamata Banerjee’s Dharna Politics

The CBI team which had gone to question the police officer in connection with the Sarada scam was forcefully taken away by the Kolkata police. This is an unprecedented situation where local police forcibly took into custody the CBI officers on duty. This ugly scene has not ended. Based on media reports, here is how Mamata and her administration behaved as law unto themselves in the whole episode.

  • City police personnel laid siege to two central government buildings which house CBI’s offices and the joint director’s residence as well as the Enforcement Directorate.
  • Mamata Banerjee, instead of allowing the law to take its course, first went to Police Commissioner’s residence and blamed the Centre for “Super Emergency”.
  • She sat on Dharana accusing the Central government of “Gabbar style”, conveniently forgetting the fact that Supreme Court had itself entrusted the CBI with this probe.

Mamata Banerjee has been at the forefront of the evolving Mahagathabandhan against the Modi government unfairly blaming the latter for “undermining constitution” and showing “dictatorial tendency”. With her mindless dharna politics, she has clearly proved that the phrases she is using for her opponents, in fact, fit her well.