The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee led a massive protest march through the heart of Kolkata on Monday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Hundreds of her party leaders walked with her carrying posters and flags against the controversial law.
Mamata Banerjee’s march from a statue of BR Ambedkar on Red Road to Joasanko Thakurbari- the childhood home of Rabindranath Tagore was dubbed unconstitutional by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar whose ties with the Chief Minister have been tense and acrimonious.
The Governor tweeted, “I am extremely anguished that CM (chief minister) and Ministers are to spearhead rally against CAA, the law of the land. This is unconstitutional. I call upon CM to desist from this unconstitutional and inflammatory act at this juncture and devote to retrieve the grim situation.”
The chief minister had earlier urged the people to join her rally against the “unconstitutional” Citizenship Amendment Act. Banerjee tweeted, “A mega rally will be held today in Kolkata to protest against unconstitutional CABBill and #NRC. It will begin at 1 pm near the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on Red Road and end at Jorasanko Thakurbari. Come, let us all, every section of society, join this people’s movement in a peaceful manner within the ambit of law.”
The West Bengal CM plans similar marches till Wednesday to underline her fierce opposition to the citizenship law, she says, she will not allow in Bengal.
The Governor summoned the Chief Secretary and police chief to discuss the situation. On Sunday, amid protests in several parts of West Bengal, internet services were suspended temporarily as a precautionary measure.
Dhankhar described the situation in Bengal as “seriously compromising” the values of the constitution. He also said he had called the two top officials because of the “highly disturbing developments” in the state.