Kolkata: The leaders of several prominent opposition parties have expressed solidarity with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who on Sunday evening sat in protest against the Central government after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers visited the house of Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar.
While AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah spoke to Ms Banerjee on phone, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, DMK’s MK Stalin, TDP’s N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted in her support.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal expressed solidarity with Ms Banerjee. “Spoke to Mamta didi and expressed solidarity. Modi-Shah duo’s action is completely bizarre and anti-democracy,” he tweeted.
Spoke to Mamta didi and expressed solidarity. Modi-Shah duo’s action is completely bizarre and anti-democracy
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 3, 2019
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the use of CBI as a political tool crossed all limits.
Just spoke to @MamataOfficial didi to convey the support of @JKNC_ as she sits in dharna. The use of the CBI as a political tool has crossed all limits as has the Modi government’s misuse of institutions. A former CM having such little regard for India’s federalism is shocking
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 3, 2019
Ms Banerjee was at the forefront of talks between the Congress and regional parties for a pan-India, anti-BJP alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, after the talks with the Congress went south, the BJP had mocked the proposed alliance, saying it had no central figure as its leader.
Mamata Banerjee last month organised a rally for the leaders of opposition parties. “Just because I organised a United India rally, they are doing all this. Amit Shah and PM Modi are doing all they can to target us,” she said on Sunday.