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Mamata Banerjee's politics of perception may fail while rebelling against the CBI
Had I been in Narendra Modi's place, I would have never advised the CBI to venture into Kolkata Police Commissioner's house on Sunday evening considering the frolics of Mamata Banerjee.

The interim director of CBI, M Nageswar Rao too should have waited until the permanent director Rishi Kumar Shukla took over the charge formally before extending its hand towards Rajeev Kumar, the most trusted officer of Mamata Banerjee. But then, this happened. Mamata Banerjee reacted vociferously and started a sit-in at central Kolkata against the CBI and Narendra Modi. The CBI should have shown some maturity. Also, Mamata Banerjee crossed all the limits.

The Supreme Court had ordered an investigation by CBI in various chit-fund scam related cases. There are allegations that Rajeev Kumar while being the chief of the state government appointed SIT manipulated or destroyed evidence. That's why the SC asked the CBI to do an investigation. Since Rajeev Kumar despite summons didn't respond to the CBI, a CBI team reached his home on 3 February to interrogate him.

Now Mamata Banerjee is claiming that it was a coup by the Central government. She also described it as 'super emergency'. She started a satyagraha to save democracy, federalism and the country. But the question is, whether saving a city police commissioner is akin to saving democracy, federalism and the country? Why Mamata didn't speak when Sudip Bandopadhyaya, Madan Mitra and other two MPs were arrested? Why a police commissioner became so important for the nation?

Or, has Rajeev Kumar something that might be going against Mamata Banerjee? The doubt has merit else, why would a Chief Minister rush to the residence of a city police commissioner to protect him? The ugliest part was that the police officers also participated in that dharana. Now the case is in the Supreme Court and I don't think Mamata's antic will help her in any case to convince the court that it's a matter of national urgency and danger to democracy.

Interestingly, this episode exposed many other political parties. The Congress in particular came in support of Mamata Banerjee promising to fight shoulder to shoulder with her. Ironically it was the Congress along with the Left front which had approached the SC complaining that the SIT under Rajeev Kumar was weakening the case and so the CBI should do the investigation. The video clip of Rahul Gandhi is still available on social media where he is seen attacking Mamata Banerjee for looting around twenty lakh people of West Bengal through Sharada and Rose Valley chit funds. The Bengal Congress unit had demanded the imposition of President's rule in Bengal but the central leadership of the party had other ideas and priorities.

The CP(M) is really confused. They too organised a very big rally at Brigade ground. The situation changed so fast that their rally which might have motivated their cadre ended up a damp squib. They are opposing Mamata Banerjee's antics, asking for President's rule and also questioning the CBI's actions. I have never seen such confused communists.

Arvind Kejriwal too rushed in forgetting that he had also opposed her for the chit-fund scams. Tejashwi Yadav complained that the BJP government out of vendetta had put Lalu Yadav in jail. However, it was actually the Congress that had in fact ordered the CBI to investigate the fodder scam and rightly so.

The point is simple; the BJP has said that the mahagathbandhan is an alliance of opportunism. But now they have proved that it's also an alliance of the corrupt as almost all of them have some case against them being investigated by the CBI, out of which, interestingly, not even a single cases was initiated by the ruling BJP government.

Narendra Modi, while he was the CM of Gujarat, was interrogated by the CBI during the UPA rule. Neither did Narendra Modi say that it was dangerous for the democracy nor organised a sit-in (dharana). Later, the present home minister, Amit Shah along with many top police officers was arrested by the CBI. But neither did Gujarat rebel nor any ruckus happen. But why then is Bengal burning?

'Perception of Politics' is always causality to 'Politics of Perception'. I don't think Mamata Banerjee would be successful in this case twisting the perception and the reasons are glaring. In these chit-fund scams many Bengalis lost their hard earned money.

Rajeev Kumar is a close aide of Mamata Banerjee. In 2016, the EC had removed Rajeev Kumar but after winning the elections Mamata reinstated him as Kolkata's Police Commissioner. Thus, the only perception going to the minds of people is that Mamata's hyper action in saving Rajeev Kumar proves that he knows something about Mamata Banerjee's or her close aides' involvement in to the Rs 40 crore Saradha chit fund scam. In any case the SC is likely to ask Rajeev Kumar to surrender and cooperate with the CBI.

Thus, it is always risky to sell a perception to the ever awake public. This time Mamata Banerjee may fail to convince the people of Bengal.

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