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Modi-Shah need to be defeated to 'save democracy': Kejriwal on developments in WB

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Minister and supremo Monday slammed and BJP over developments in West Bengal, saying they needed to be defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls "to save democracy" in the country.

He said the "Modi-Shah duo was the biggest danger" facing the country and charged the two leaders with trying to "murder" democracy.

BJP hit back at Kejriwal saying he should not talk about democracy because he has "robbed" it through his "falsehoods and conspiracies" in the city.

In a statement, Kejriwal said, "The is bent on murdering democracy. Isn't it illegal and undemocratic that a team of 40 CBI officials enters the residence of a "

"The Modi-Shah duo should be defeated to save the democracy," he said.

Tiwari said that leaders like and Kejriwal were "betraying" democracy by going against the directives of courts.

"The CBI went to West Bengal on directions of the Leaders like Kejriwal are supporting because they are scared of Modi who is dedicated to end corruption," he claimed.

The failed attempt by the CBI to question Kolkata in connection with the Saradha and chit fund scams on Sunday became the latest flashpoint between the BJP-led Centre and West Bengal Minister Mamata Banerjee, one of its bitter critics.

Kejriwal had talked to Banerjee Sunday over phone as the incident blew into a political slugfest and expressed solidarity with her while terming the action as "completely bizarre and anti-democratic".

The convener, who himself is a bitter of the and has been engaged in a pitched battle with it over governance-related issues, in his statement Monday drew a parallel between the West Bengal incident and experiences of his own government in

"Just as Modiji tried to beseige the of West Bengal yesterday, four years ago he snatched away the anti-corruption bureau from us by sending paramilitary forces," he charged.

He further alleged the got 33 cases registered against him and police raided his residence and searched his bedroom on his instance.

"It is an attack on the federal structure of the country," he claimed.

The state governments are elected by the people and they have their constitutional rights, he said.

"If Modi ji misuses Central agencies to violate the rights of the state governments, the country will not survive," Kejriwal said.

The CBI team was physically prevented from entering the residence of Kumar by personnel and detained.

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First Published: Mon, February 04 2019. 19:00 IST