Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, in a letter to several non-BJP leaders, accused it of trying to establish a “one-party authoritarian rule” in India, calling for a plan of action to be formulated against the BJP after the conclusion of the ongoing assembly elections.
The three-page letter, dated March 28, was addressed to more than a dozen non-BJP leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena supremo and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin, among others.
“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.
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,” Mamata Banerjee said.