With the countdown underway until the country undertakes the largest exercise in democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network addressed the crucial events that unfolded ahead of the elections, further elaborating on the CBI-Kolkata Police face-off that saw the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee sitting on 'dharna' to save 'democracy' from BJP.
Following the dramatic episode that unwrapped early in February, PM Modi accentuated on the 'undemocratic norms' in West Bengal further emphasising how even the 'media has surrendered' in the state.
He said, "The issue is not about bitterness. The issue is about the conduct and character of the government there (in West Bengal). It is about the leaders' conduct and character. It is about the undemocratic norms they have chosen. The media has also fully surrendered over in West Bengal."
He further noted how this is 'worrisome' for any democracy and that people of the country will be aware of it too.
He said, "For any democracy, this is very worrisome. And, I believe, that slowly the truth will emerge. The people of Bengal already know about it. Slowly the people of the country will know too."
Banerjee began her sit-in protest at a city landmark on February 3 night over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar chief in connection with chit fund scams, insisting it stifled the spirit of "Constitution and federalism".
The West Bengal Chief Minister had on February 3 said that she would not attend the presentation of the state Budget at the Assembly on Monday and described the evolving situation an "emergency".
The last few months have witnessed the BJP and the Trinamool consistently at loggerheads, with the West Bengal governments allegedly using all methods at its disposal to block BJP leaders from rallying in the state, even as the BJP has been consistent in its allegations of political violence in the state to the point that Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on led a party delegation to the EC shortly after the Lok Sabha polls were announced to seek West Bengal being declared as 'sensitive'.