Kolkata: On Tuesday evening, Mamata Banerjee called off her sit-in-protest after Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and other opposition leaders visited her for closed-door discussions.
The West Bengal chief minister was protesting the CBI’s attempts to question the city’s Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, which escalated into a critical face-off between the West Bengal and Central governments.
Naidu expressed solidarity with Banerjee’s protest and said all the opposition parties which came together at Kolkata’s unity rally on January 19 supported her. “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to intimidate political leaders of each and every opposition party,” Naidu said at Esplanade, Kolkata.
“She is the architect and the main pillar of the opposition unity,” he continued. “The last meeting in Kolkata sent a strong message to the nation that opposition parties are united.”
The Andhra Pradesh chief minister attacked the BJP and said that all democratic institutions are in danger. “BJP is constantly misusing institution like CBI, RBI, ED, Income Tax Department to victimise leaders of opposition parties,” Naidu added.
He further said, that yesterday, the opposition parties held a meeting in Delhi to discuss issues related to EVM machines and the destruction of democratic institutions.
Former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav visited Banerjee’s protest for the second time and expressed his full support to West Bengal’s chief minister.
Yadav held no punches and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
“Currently, only the Modi-Shah duo is safe in this country, everyone else is under attack.” He said the BJP is threatening opposition leaders with CBI, ED, Income Tax Department, but that these institutions “Don’t have the courage to investigate Amit Shah’s firm.”
Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav, Sharad Power, Omar Amdulla, Hemanta Soren and leaders from Congress and BSP also extended their support to Chandrababu Naidu, Tejashwi Yadav and Mamata Banerjee
Banerjee also said that all the parties will meet in Delhi soon and chalk out a plan for the road ahead.