Didi VS Modi: Anatomy of a crisis in photos

Published: 04th February 2019 04:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2019 08:17 PM  

Mamata Banerjee VS CBI  (Photo | PTI)
On 3rd February 2019 evening, a 'surprise visit' by CBI officials to the Kolkata police chief’s residence sparked a face-off between the state police and the central agency. (On the right, CBI officials are seen being forcibly taken to a police station./ PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
When the CBI team (in photo), who had come to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on two ponzi schemes, countered that they had the Supreme Court’s authority to probe the Saradha scam, Kolkata police forcibly detained them. They were bundled into police jeeps and taken to a police station. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP of political vendetta following her mega anti-Modi rally of 23 opposition parties on January 19, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrived at Rajeev Kumar's residence and held an emergency meeting (as seen in the photo). (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
Around 8 pm, Mamata Banerjee, wrapped in a brown woollen shawl, began a sit-in right in front of the Metro Cinema to protest the 'insults' she faced at the hands of the prime minister and Amit Shah. Large contingents of state police forces were simultaneously posted at CBI office, CGO Complex and CBI joint director Pankaj Srivastava’s office at Nizam Palace. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
Who is Rajeev Kumar? The 1989-batch IPS officer (in pic) had headed a special probe into the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in which thousands of small investors were left in the lurch and it led to the arrest of many leaders and ministers of the state's ruling Trinamool Congress. All of them are now out on bail. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
The CBI has said that Rajeev Kumar had ignored multiple summons over the past two years and that he has some key evidence in his custody: a laptop, five cell phones, documents and a red diary that allegedly belong to Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
A day before the drama, Mamata Banerjee had praised Rajeev Kumar and attacked the BJP for misuing agencies: “The highest levels of the BJP leadership are doing the worst kind of political vendetta. Not only are political parties their targets, they are misusing power to take control of the police and destroy all institutions. We condemn this.” The chief minister also accused PM Modi of using unparliamentary language during his recent rallies in the state. (Photo | Screengrab)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
The BJP has been accusing the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal of not allowing its political programmes and rallies in the state. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was denied permission to land his helicopter for a 'Ganatantra Bachao Rally' at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district on Sunday. In January, permission was withheld for the chopper of BJP chief Amit Shah. The state government said the landing facilities were inadequate at the Malda airstrip. The BJP chief was forced to opt for a private helipad. (Photos| PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
The BJP and the TMC government have also been at loggerheads over the latter denying permission to hold rath yatras in the state. Mamata Banerjee said that such yatras are 'typically conducted in the name of God, and not meant to indulge in 'danga' (riot).' In January, the Supreme Court asked West Bengal government to allow proposed public meetings and rallies of the BJP under its 'Ganatantra Bachao Yatra'. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
The Supreme Court had transferred the two chit fund scam cases to the CBI after serious allegations of international money laundering, severe regulatory failures and political nexus surfaced. (Photo | EPS)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
In November 2018, the West Bengal government withdrew the ‘general consent’ accorded to the CBI to conduct probe and raids in the state. The general consent, accorded to the CBI by the then Left Front government in 1989, enabled the central agency to conduct any investigation without taking separate permission from the state government. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
Amidst the continuing tussle, various BJP leaders have called for President's Rule in Bengal, while many opposition leaders are rallying with Mamata Banerjee (in picture: Mamata at her dharna). The Supreme Court on 5th February will hear the CBI’s petition claiming that the West Bengal Police Commissioner is trying to destroy evidence. (Photo | PTI)
Mamata Banerjee VS CBI
West Bengal remains one big state where the BJP has failed to make their presence felt until recently. The BJP which only had a 17% vote share in 2014 made substantial growth in the 2018 panchayat polls. With the possible 'mahagatbandhan' falling into place prior to the Lok Sabha elections, Mamata Banerjee is one of the Prime Ministerial contenders in the likelihood of a split mandate. (Photo | PTI)
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