Shivraj questions Mamata’s dharna

Shivraj questions Mamata’s dharna

Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan being garlanded during party's rally, at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019. PTI

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday questioned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dharna against the CBI’s attempt to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

"I have never seen such a chief minister. She sat on a dharna to save a police officer. Mamata didi, we and the rest of the country want to know why you want to save Rajeev Kumar," said Chouhan. He was addressing a party rally at Kharagpur in West Bengal's West Medinipur district.

Chouhan also questioned the motive behind Mamata's dharna against the CBI and indicated that some people would have got into trouble if Kumar was questioned.

"Who would have got into trouble if he (Kumar) was questioned?" said Chouhan.

Accusing Kumar of sitting on a dharna alongside the chief Minister, Chouhan asked how an IPS officer can sit on a dharna.

"How can Rajeev Kumar sit on a dharna? Has it ever happened that an IPS officer is sitting on a dharna? Why is not he cooperating in CBI’s investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam," said Chouhan.

He further alleged that Mamata is not bothered about the poor victims of the chit fund scam and is only concerned about saving Kumar.

"As long as Mamata didi is the chief minister, there can be no development in Bengal. These days she is doing everything apart from running the government and is hell-bent on stopping the BJP rallies in Bengal," Kumar said.

He also mocked the chief minister's effort to unify the Opposition against the BJP and dared Mamata to name the Opposition's prime ministerial candidate.

Chouhan also said that BJP will not rest until it ousts the Trinamool Congress from power in Bengal.