West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for the second time in the last couple of weeks, demanded removal of Narendra Modi from the post of Prime Minister and formation of a National government in Delhi.
After a meeting with minister and departmental secretaries at Kolkata’s Town Hall, Banerjee said, “In the current situation a national government should be formed with another BJP person at the helm. He (PM Modi) has to go.”
“To save the country, let a national government be formed. Advaniji, Rajnathji or Jaitleyji can head it. Current situation is unacceptable,” Banerjee said adding that she would soon meet President Pranab Mukherjee to press for the demand, she said.
A national government is a coalition government, especially one subordinating party differences to the national interest in a time of crisis, as in Britain under Ramsay MacDonald in 1931.
The Trinamool Congress chief’s demand for a government led by a BJP leader other than Modi could be an attempt to drive a wedge between its two feuding camps – one led by L.K. Advani and the other by Modi.
Banerjee had raised a similar demand immediately after the arrest of party MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam.
Significantly, Trinamool Congress leader Chandrima Bhattacharya too alleged conspiracy in the arrest of the TMC MP and filed an FIR adding that the CBI did not have any evidence to execute the arrest. Kolkata police officers said that this was the first time that a ruling party member was lodging a case against the agency in Bengal, in recent history.