Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee targeted the centre today, saying there was a state of "super emergency" in the country and called upon people to do everything it takes to "protect rights and freedoms" guaranteed by the Constitution. The Bengal Chief Minister has been highly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and has accused it of muzzling dissent and eroding the autonomy of constitutional institutions.
Wishing citizens on the occasion of International Day of Democracy, Mamata Banerjee tweeted: "On the #InternationalDayofDemocracy 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."
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav hit back at Mamata Banerjee over her comment. "She has so much experience in emergency because Bengal has been under 'Super-Emergency' for the last several years. If there is any part of the country where there is 'Super Emergency', it is under Mamata's Raj in Bengal," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Ahead of the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, Ms Banerjee said she felt "like giving one tight slap of democracy" to PM Modi.
Over the last two years, the BJP has been at loggerheads with Ms Banerjee's Trinamool Congress in the state, and managed to make huge inroads in the parliamentary elections.
Ms Banerjee has opposed multiple central schemes, including the steep new traffic fines and the Citizens' list, saying neither will be implemented in Bengal.
She also attacked PM Modi over his visit to the space research agency ISRO to watch the planned touchdown of the Vikram lander on moon.
"Suddenly, today he (Narendra Modi) has gone there (at the ISRO headquarters in Bangalore) ... Now for the next four days the issue of Chandrayaan will continue to dominate. As if they (the BJP) have done everything in the country. (As if) they have invented science ..." she was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.