Condemning the Centre’s “attempts to interfere”, she said that the “situation under the BJP-led government was more adverse than what it was under dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin or Benito Mussolini”.
She also said that central agencies “should be given autonomy” if democracy was to be protected.
“The BJP-led central government is using the central agencies to interfere into the state affairs. It is bulldozing the federal structure of the country. There is a Tughlaqi rule in force,” she maintained, addressing a press conference at the state secretariat. Banerjee, without taking names, said that the “agencies cannot work because there is no autonomy. The autonomy lay in the hands of two persons and the BJP. Such political interference was not prevalent during the time of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin or Benito Mussolini”.
Notably, the Bengal CM had long been accusing the BJP government at the Centre of using central agencies like the CBI, the ED to “harass” opponents, including those from her party.
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