'Not Modi but...': Mamata on who is 'misusing' central agencies for 'interests'

Updated on Sep 19, 2022 07:10 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee made the comments while speaking on a resolution by the Bengal government against the 'excesses' of central investigative agencies.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan, New Delhi

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she does not believe prime minister Narendra Modi is 'misusing' central investigative agencies to harass and intimidate rivals - a claim made frequently by opposition leaders, including some from her Trinamool Congress. She said there were some within the Bharatiya Janata Party who were doing so to further their own interests.

Mamata Banerjee made the comments while speaking on a resolution by the Bengal government against the 'excesses' of central agencies. She urged the prime minister to ensure that the agenda of the central government and those of his party don't get mixed. "This won't be good for the country."

"The present union government is behaving in a dictatorial way. This resolution is not against anyone in particular, but against the biased functioning of the central agencies," Banerjee was quoted by news agency PTI.

The Bengal assembly passed the resolution with 189 MLAs voting in favour and 69 (most of whom were BJP lawmakers) standing opposed.

Banerjee - a fierce critic of the prime minister, with whom she has had several fierce running battles, particularly ahead of last year's Assembly election - did, however, lash out at the central government for 'behaving in a dictatorial way'.

She defended the resolution, saying it was not aimed at any person but against the 'biased functioning' of central investigative agencies like the Enforcement Directorate or the Central Bureau of Investigation.

READ | Trinamool alleges misuse of central agencies after leader’s arrest, to hold protests

Suvendu Adhikari, the chief minister's former aide and whose defection to the BJP before the 2021 election triggered a massive controversy - condemned the resolution, declaring it against the rules and regulations of the state Assembly.

The resolution was passed at a time when several members of the ruling Trinamool are being investigated by central agencies.

Ex-minister Partha Chatterjee is among those; he was arrested for his role in an alleged teachers' recruitment scam in the state.

READ | ED seizes 40 immovable properties, 35 bank accounts of Partha Chatterjee, Arpita

Birbhum district boss Anubrata Mondal is being probed in an alleged cattle smuggling case.

With input from PTI

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