India's West Bengal chief minister stages sit-in protest against federal gov't

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Chief Minister of India's eastern state of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee on Monday continued her sit-in protest against the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) led federal government, accusing it of misusing institutions to undermine the local government, local government officials said.

Banerjee sat on an indefinite protest calling it "satyagraha to save the constitution" at a makeshift dais at Metro Channel in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal on Sunday evening.

She accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of using country's premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of India (CBI), to undermine the country's Constitution.

Officials said Banerjee spend the night at the spot without food along with her officers and some ministers.

The showdown between Banerjee and the federal government began Sunday evening after a team of 40 CBI officers turned up at the residence of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, apparently to question him in Ponzi scam.

The local police detained the CBI officers at spot and even cordoned off their offices in Kolkata.

Banerjee rushed to Kumar's residence and strongly opposed the CBI action.

"I am deeply anguished. The manner in which Modi and Shah are trying to take control of Bengal is unprecedented," Banerjee told reporters.

"They (CBI) did not come with any document. If you have a search warrant, if you have documents, you can come, but they have none." 

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