West Bengal probably is the most discussed state of India since the starting of the year 2021. From celebrating the festival of democracy via elections to celebrating its slow death via violence, loot, and murder of the people having a different political and cultural ideology, the state leadership now seems to have become immune and rather an active participant in the decimation of the identity Bengal once held. In a new emergence of events, two sitting ministers- Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee and an elected MLA from the Trinamool Congress- Madan Mitra, along with the former Mayor of Kolkata- Sovan Chattopadhyay have been arrested by the CBI after the Governor gave his permission to file a charge-sheet against them.
CBI arrested 4 then ministers(Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra & Sovhan Chatterjee) of West Bengal govt in case related to Narada sting operation. CBI had registered instant case on April 16, 2017, on orders of Calcutta High Court: RC Joshi, Chief Information Officer pic.twitter.com/q4ZDye0EcM
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2021
In 2014, Mathew Samuel, Founder of the Narada news, stung the then bureaucrats and TMC leaders who were seen demanding bribes to favour Impex Consultancy Solutions- a fake company created by Mr Mathew for this sting operation. The videos were released in the year 2016. However, this didn’t affect the victory of TMC in West Bengal in the Legislative Assembly elections of the same year. After coming to power, the party gave the state police the charge to investigate the matter, which reached its obvious conclusion- nowhere. Therefore, in the year 2017, the Calcutta High Court asked the CBI to take over the case. These 4 leaders have been arrested as a continuation of the probe. However, an IPS officer named SMH Mirza was arrested in the year 2019 for the same.
Political Vendetta or Legit Investigation
Though the TMC leaders have resorted to the same ‘political vendetta’ reason for the arrests, the gravity of the fact that the ministers have been caught on camera, which was authenticated by the Forensic tests, cannot be diluted. In a democracy like India, these political parties ultimately contest to represent the citizens- that is us. State governments can’t function smoothly if the very pillar of interaction between them and the citizen i.e ‘trust’ breaks. It can lead to mayhem no one could want. Thus, rather than crying foul, the state government itself should have given the case for the CBI probe instead of compelling the judiciary to step in. Corruption in the people who form the government can seep much deeper affecting the progress of a country. Also, since ‘distribution of power’ is an important aspect of our Constitution, these leaders would look much more responsible and clean if they take the path of approaching the judiciary rather than creating a media frenzy to collect sympathy.
The reaction of the state leadership
Not only did ‘Didi’ come out with ‘Arrest me too’ cry instead of dealing with the situation as a CM of the state, but many followers of the TMC also came onto the streets. Not only were the COVID protocols defied, but the CBI office at the Nizam Palace too was attacked. Just when the people of Bengal thought that the violence might stop due to the lockdown, political thugs came out to showcase their sheer disregard for the central bodies. The Governor too showed his concern for the same.
Invited attention @MamataOfficial “On channels and in public domain I notice arson and pelting of stones at CBI office. Pathetic that Kolkata Police @KolkataPolice and West Bengal Police @WBPolice are just onlookers.
Appeal to you to act and restore law and order.”
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) May 17, 2021
The Central Government must decide what exactly they consider as the ‘saturation point’ when it comes to the breaking of the federal machinery. Acts like disregarding the existence of a powerful centre sow the seeds of separatism and this must be stopped. To do this, the BJP itself must come out transparent in the whole issue, especially when many of the then TMC leaders who were seen in the Narada sting have now joined the BJP. Scams like these, damage the very fabric of our republic. Thus, the national leadership must prioritize its duty for the nation above politics. It is only when the central government, the state government, and the people of India would work in unison, Bengal, and thereby India could thrive in peace.
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