Kolkata, Feb 4: "This protest is against the person who is destroying the country by creating unnecessary divisions among the people, " said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.
“He is creating fear in the minds of the people,” Ms Banerjee said.
The Chief Minister has been sitting in dharna at Metro Channel, here since last evening.
On the second day of her protest ‘to save the Constitution’, she told mediapersons, “India has always been a humane society. I am fighting under the ‘Save India’ banner to save the unity and integrity of the country, and above all, to save the democratic rights of people, citizenship rights, property rights, freedom of speech, and to ensure that officers can conduct their work in an impartial manner.”
"There is no political issue involved in this. They are torturing everyone," she said.
“We always respect the law and feel that things should run as per law. But if someone tries to destroy the pillars on which democracy stands, then there would be nothing left of the democratic process that we are so proud of,” Ms Banerjee said.
The chief minister said, “In this background that I am conducting my protest here. This is not some small incident. Leaders from across the country, who believe in the federal structure, are supporting me in this struggle. We extend our sincerest thanks to all of them.”
“This is not my individual fight; this is a collective fight. I hope democracy and the rule of law find a favourable atmosphere to go their courses,” she said.
“We will never support any attempt to control the media, gag people’s right to speak, use the judiciary in a unbefitting manner, to indulge in a coup. There can always be differences among people,” Ms Banerjee said.
The chief minister said, "A situation has been created where opposing the BJP is being taken to imply being anti-national, and opposing is being taken as an excuse to use different investigating agencies to harass people and to throw people in jail. They are using the most lowly ways to create hatred in the minds of the people."
“No government work would be hampered because of this protest. Our official work and our struggle to secure the rights of the people will continue simultaneously,” she stated.
Ms Banerjee said, "From the day they came to power, they have been busy in finding ways to get rid of the Opposition. Our Satyagraha Movement will continue."
The chief minister said this Satyagraha Movement to save India’s democracy will continue till February 8. February 8 has been chosen because from the next day, the Madhyamik Examination will start, when restrictions on the use of mikes will come into place.
“I request all of you to protest in a peaceful manner. Do not get influenced by any instigatory tactics,” she added. (UNI)