Kolkata: The unfolding political drama in West Bengal with the arrest of the four Ministers by the CBI in the newly formed Mamata Banerjee government has also revealed the BJP's double standard while unleashing political vendetta against its opponents.
The State Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar's haste in granting the CBI the permission to proceed with the arrest of Ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee and other TMC leaders Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra, and Sovan Chatterjee in the connection with the Narada sting operation case has been questioned for excluding the prime accused in the case from taking action.
A prosecution sanction is said to be still pending against the Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, who was then the right hand of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and senior BJP leader, Mukul Roy, who has also been named in the case. Mukul Roy, who switched over to the BJP fold in 2017 from the TMC, is the Accused No1 in the CBI's FIR.
The CBI had reportedly sent requests for the prosecution of the four arrested leaders two months ahead of the Bengal Assembly election but had sanctioned only after the TMC retained power.
Adhikari, the BJP's golden tool against the TMC in the recently held Assembly election, was among the 11 accused in the case. He was a Lok Sabha MP in 2014 when Narada did a sting operation in which the accused TMC leaders, including Adhikari, were seen accepting or negotiating for money over a fabricated company in a video.
Adhikari was a Lok Sabha MP in 2014 when the Narada sting operation, in which TMC leaders were seen on camera accepting or negotiating cash deliveries to allegedly favour a fictitious company, was recorded. Roy was a Rajya Sabha member in 2014. The sting was aired in 2016, ahead of the previous Assembly elections.
Roy, who was the first TMC leader who sided with the BJP in 2017, was a Rajya Sabha member in 2014. His jumping to the BJP fold then was alleged to have an attempt to avoid an impending prosecution in the case.