Mamata writes to Opposition leaders, calls for united stand against BJP's 'assaults on democracy, Constitution'

Ahead of the second phase of polls in the state, Banerjee's letter seeks to drum up support from Opposition leaders by stating how non-BJP states have suffered due to the saffron party-led Centre's actions

Press Trust of India March 31, 2021 19:13:03 IST
Mamata writes to Opposition leaders, calls for united stand against BJP's 'assaults on democracy, Constitution'

File image of Mamata Banerjee addressing poll rallies. ANI

New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written personal letters to non-BJP leaders highlighting the "assaults" by the BJP and its government on democracy and constitutional federalism of India.

Ahead of the second phase of polls in the state, Banerjee's letter, which was released by the TMC on Wednesday, seeks to drum up support from opposition leaders by stating how non-BJP states have suffered due to the saffron party-led Centre's actions.

"I am writing this letter to you, and to several leaders of non-BJP parties, to convey my serious concerns over a series of assaults by the BJP and its government at the Centre on democracy and constitutional federalism in India," Banerjee said.

Referring to the passage of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill by the two Houses of Parliament, she said that it is an "extremely grave" development.

"With this law, the BJP government at the Centre has snatched away practically all the powers of the democratically elected government of Delhi and vested them in the hands of the Lt Governor, a nominee of the Centre. The Lt Governor has been made the undeclared Viceroy of Delhi, acting as a proxy for the home minister and the prime minister," she said.

The three-page letter has been addressed to Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi, NCP's Sharad Pawar, DMK's MK Stalin, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray among others.

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