New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a letter to the leaders of opposition parties exposed the ‘attacks’ on India’s democracy and federal structure by the BJP. Just before the scheduled second phase of elections in the state, CM Banerjee’s letter indicates to seek support from opposition leaders. The letter also gives a message about how non-BJP ruled states are suffering due to the actions of the Center.
She wrote, “I am writing this letter to you and many leaders of various non-BJP parties to express my serious concerns against the attacks by the BJP and its government at the Center on democracy and constitutional federalism in India.” ”
Banerjee wrote letters to leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, MK Stalin, Tejashwi Yadav, Uddhav Thackeray, Arvind Kejriwal, Naveen Patnaik. She said, “I believe that the time has come for a united and effective struggle against BJP’s attacks on democracy and the Constitution.”
Mamta attacked the Center on the passage of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill by both houses of Parliament, calling it a ‘very serious’ subject.
She said, “With this law, the BJP government at the Center has practically taken away all the powers of the democratically elected government of Delhi, and handed them over to the hands of a Lieutenant Governor of the Center.” The Lieutenant Governor has been made the unannounced Viceroy of Delhi and will act as a proxy for the Home Minister and the Prime Minister. “