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Arun Jaitley Slams Opposition Leaders For Backing Mamata Banerjee, Calls Them 'Kleptocrat's Club'

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| February 5 , 2019 , 11:46 IST

Union Minister Arun Jaitley slammed opposition parties backing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's ongoing sit-in protest against the Centre on Tuesday and called them the "Kleptocrat's Club" that "aspires to capture the reigns of India"

Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, N Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal, and Akhilesh Yadav pledged their support to the Trinamool Congress chief. Tejashwi Yadav and the DMK's Kanimozhi met Banerjee at the protest site in Kolkata on Monday.

He also called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s move to stage a dharna over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s attempt to quiz Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in relation to the Sarada chit fund scam case a 'disgraceful and disproportionate over-reaction'.

In a Facebook post titled 'The Kleptocrat's Club', Jaitley said the West Bengal chit fund fraud was unearthed in 2012-13. Its investigations were handed over to the CBI by the Supreme Court.

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“The court-monitored these investigations. The CBI has interrogated and even arrested some people. Many have been granted bail. If a police officer is also required to be interrogated, how does it become a “super emergency”, “assault on federalism”, or “destruction of institutions”?” Jaitley questioned.

The stand-off between the Centre and the West Bengal government entered its third day on Tuesday as Banerjee continued her sit-in against the Narendra Modi government accusing it of misusing central agencies.