WATCH THIS: "Not Afraid To Die But I Will Save The Country", Says Mamata Banerjee Sitting On An Impromptu Dharna After CBI Vs Kolkata Police Drama Explodes

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee while sitting on 'dharna' amid the CBI-Kolkata Police face-off has taken a staunch stand against the BJP to 'save the democracy'. She even went ahead to say that she is 'willing to die' to save the country. 

She said, "I am ready to sacrifice my life, not afraid to die but I will save the country." 

"We are protesting to save the democracy. We respect agencies and court. Attempts are made to destroy all the forces, they have destroyed institutions," she added.  

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Opposition parties like Congress, AAP, SP, PDP, RJD, National Conference and so on tweeted in solidarity of the TMC supremo, reiterating her words. Mamata Banerjee extending her gratitude to these political parties appealed to 'save India and the Constitution'

She said, "I thank all political parties who have supported us. This is a super emergency. I will not allow a super emergency. Tomorrow they will do the same with the same other states, I can't let this happen. Our confidence is with the people of India, all the citizens and media and judiciary. It is an appeal to save India, save the constitution, save democracy. Modiji has gone mad." 

High drama ensued in Kolkata on Sunday evening as a team of CBI officials arrived at the residence of Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar, in connection with the probe into a Ponzi scam case.

The agency sleuths were confronted by the Kolkata Police over whether they held a warrant for their purposes. This comes on a day that Mamata Banerjee staunchly defended her top cop, dismissing the claim that he had gone missing on being wanted for questioning by India's premier investigative agency.

Rajeev Kumar was not, in fact, at his residence, according to the guards stationed there. As a result, the CBI team made their way to the Shakespeare Sarani Police station, under the jurisdiction of which the Kolkata CP's residence falls.

The CBI has sought to interrogate Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha scam, which Kumar had investigated before the case was handed over to the Central agency by the Supreme Court. Agency sources claimed that Kumar never cooperated with them during their probe and thus they were forced to arrive at his house. 

In what is essentially a Centre versus state political war - that too at a time when the Mamata Banerjee government has been accused of attempting to block the BJP's attempts to make inroads into Bengal, and has also supported the Andhra Pradesh government blocking the CBI within its territory,  a number of politicians from both sides have issued strong reactions to the development.

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