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Mamata writes to OPPN leaders: “We must unite against the BJP one-party authoritarian government plan” | India News


NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter on Wednesday to top opposition leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Arvind Kejriwal, urging them to unite for a “united and effective” fight against the BJP’s “attacks” on democracy. The letter comes a day before the second round of voting in West Bengal, where Mamata faces her assistant-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP.
He has also asked all political leaders, including Dipankar Bhattachaya CPM-L, Sharad Pawar (NCP), Hemant Soren (JMM), Tejaswi Yadav (RJD), Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), Arvind Kejriwal ( AAP). ), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP, Farooq Abdullah (NC), Stalin from DMK, Jagan Mohan Reddy from YSRCP, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik, among others, to unite against “a series of attacks on democracy and constitutional federalism by of BJP and its government in the center. ”
The vigorously worded seven-point letter, sent on the eve of his great battle with Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, said the time has come for “a united and effective fight against the BJP’s attacks on democracy and the constitution” and “present a credible alternative for the people of India. ”
In her letter, Mamata listed seven points to highlight how the BJP has allegedly been creating problems in states ruled by opposition leaders.
Beginning with the controversial new law giving more powers to the Deputy Governor of Delhi, representing the Center, compared to the city’s elected government, Banerjee presented seven cases of what he called “attacks” by the BJP on democracy and cooperative federalism.
“The BJP wants to make it impossible for non-BJP parties to exercise their constitutional rights and freedoms. It wants to dilute the powers of state governments and demote them to mere municipalities. In short, it wants to establish an authoritarian, one-party party.” rule in India, “he wrote.
“What the BJP has done in Delhi is no exception. It is increasingly becoming the rule,” he wrote, listing how the Center is “creating problems for elected governments.”
The list included “misuse” of the governor’s office, central agencies such as the CBI and the Directorate of Enforcement, “withholding” of state funds, “dissolution” of agencies such as the National Development Council and the Planning Commission, the use of the power of money to overthrow non-BJP governments, privatization of “nation assets” and “deterioration” of relations between the states and the Center.
“I firmly believe that the time has come for a united and effective fight against the BJP’s attacks on democracy and the constitution … As president of TMC, I will work wholeheartedly with you and all other like-minded parties in this battle.” . Wrote Mrs. Banerjee.

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