State / Super emergency in India: Mamata on International Day of Democracy

TimesNow News : Sep 15, 2019, 05:53 PM

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that there is a state of "super emergency" in the country and called upon people to "safeguard and protect" the rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. Interestingly, Mamata's remarks have come on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy.

"On International Day of Democracy today, let us once again pledge to safeguard the constitutional values our country was founded on. In this era of 'Super Emergency', we must do all it takes to protect the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees," Mamata tweeted.

The Bengal Chief Minister has been highly critical of PM Modi government and has on several occasions accused the saffron government of imposing an "undeclared emergency" in the country. Several other opposition leaders including RJD chief Lalu Yadav, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal have made remarks on similar lines, asserting that the NDA government was infringing upon the fundamental rights of the people. 

In May, during Lok Sabha election campaign, Banerjee said she felt "like giving one tight slap of democracy" to PM Modi. However, the saffron party was able to capture a historic vote share in the state, winning a whopping 18 of the total 42 parliamentary seats in the state. It's the first time that the BJP has touched a double-digit figure in Bengal. 

From a meager 17 per cent, the BJP's vote share has jumped over 40 per cent. Political experts believe that it was due to shifting of votes from the Left to the BJP and not because of Mamata being less popular in the state. 

Mamata has been at the forefront in criticising the government's policies. From terming India's moon mission Chandrayaan 2 "an attempt to divert attention from the economic disaster, " to calling NRC a "fiasco", Mamata Banerjee has been a strong critic of the Modi government