Bihar CM Nitish Kumar addressing reporters in Patna on Monday.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar addressing reporters in Patna on Monday.

Anything can happen in country until EC announces poll dates: Nitish Kumar on WB govt-CBI tussle

ANI | Updated: Feb 04, 2019 17:41 IST

Patna (Bihar) [India], Feb 4 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) is an NDA ally, maintained a neutral stance on Monday over the tussle between the West Bengal government and the Centre, remarking that he does not comment on such issues.
"These things can only be explained by people who are doing it. I do not react to such things. The CBI and the government in question will explain," Kumar told reporters in Patna.
"Till the Election Commission announces the date of (General) elections, anything can happen in the country," he added.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who launched her dharna last night amidst the unprecedented face-off with the Centre over CBI versus state police issue, continued with her protest on Monday as several Opposition parties rallied behind her.
Banerjee launched her 'Save the Constitution' sit-in at around 9 pm on Sunday after the CBI attempted to arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund case, which was foiled by the state police that, in turn, detained the officials in a high voltage drama.
Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre was heading a SIT on the Saradha and Rose Valley scams. The CBI wanted the top officer to hand over the seizure list made during his probe, sources said.
Reportedly, the top cop was to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but was not responding to notices to appear before the agency.
Clad in her trademark white sari and with senior party leaders in attendance, Banerjee sat in protest under a makeshift canopy at Metro Channel till around 2 am and then went to sleep.
In the morning, she addressed a gathering of party supporters, attacking the Modi-led central government, particularly on farmers’ issue, and declaring that West Bengal will not accept any funds from the Centre as part of any scheme.
She termed the interim budget as a "farce" and claimed that the schemes announced by the Centre will not be fulfilled as the central government lacks the requisite funds.
The TMC supremo also accused the central government of "stealing" farmers' rights. (ANI)