Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi raised the discomfort levels of Trinamool Congress when, on Saturday morning, he said Central Bureau of Investigation officers must have good reasons to arrest Srinjoy Bose.
"The agency, which has arrested Srinjoy must have good reasons to arrest him. It's premature to make any comments on this issue" said Keshari Nath Tripathi, governor on the sidelines of a conference by Murishidabad Heritage Development Society in association with CREDAI Bengal.
Though Tripathi mentioned he did not want to comment, his emphasis on CBI having good reasons to arrest, was revealing enough, especially considering the question that was put to him – “Is the state’s image being maligned after Trinamool MP Srinjoy Bose was arrested.”
The governor’s comments could be easily contrasted with that of the chief minister, and other Trinamool leaders, who have all maintained the arrests and interrogation of the ruling party leaders to political vendetta by the Narendra Modi government.
While Tripathi’s comment enthused opposition leaders, it is sure to push the ruling party further on to its backfoot.
Just a couple of hours after Bose’s arrest on Friday, the Trinamool Congress spokesperson tweeted, “It has become clear that CBI now has become Credibility Busted Irreparably. The Nation's worst kept secret is that CBI is & has always been used for settling political scores.”
“They cannot combat the Trinamool politically. They have tried and failed. So what do they do? Let loose a discredited CBI,” wrote Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Derek O Brien.
Opposition leaders such as BJP national secretary, Siddharth Nath Singh, and state Congress chief, Adhir Chowdhury, have already demanded that the least chief minister Mamata Banerjee, can do is to resign.
Incidentally, on May 3, 2013 at a public meeting the chief minister famously asked, “Is Kunal a thief? Is Tumpai (Srinjoy Bose) a thief? Is Madan a thief? Is Mukul a thief? Am I a thief? And everybody else is honest.”