Bengal situation could be ‘dangerous’, may lead to constitutional breakdown: Rajnath

Bengal situation could be ‘dangerous’, may lead to constitutional breakdown: Rajnath

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New Delhi, Feb 4: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday expressed deep concern at the situation in West Bengal arising out of Kolkata police's unprecedented confrontation with the CBI and said the emerging situation there could have 'dangerous' and serious ramifications.

"There may be constitutional breakdown in West Bengal," Mr Singh said in the Lok Sabha amid sloganeering and clapping by Trinamool Congress members. Making a brief intervention during Zero Hour after the issue was raised by Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy, the Home Minister said the situation was almost leading towards 'anarchy and chaos' as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself has staged a protest.

"We respect state's right under the federal structure but the situation there could almost lead to the collapse of constitutional mechanism in the state," he said adding the confrontation between local police and the CBI was unprecedented.

"I have already spoken to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and he has convened a meeting of the state Chief Secretary and DGP," Mr Singh said adding, "Madam Speaker I have already sought a report from the Honourable Governor on the issue".

He said the CBI officials were stalled from discharging their duties and the officials from the probe agency have been working on the case since 2014 after the Supreme Court had ordered an investigation into Saradha chit fund scam. "Lakhs of people in Bengal have suffered," he remarked.

The Home Minister said the Police Commissioner was summoned many times but he did not appear, which is why the CBI had to go to the police commissioner's house with CRPF personnel for their security. (UNI)