Mamata Banerjee with Chandrababu Naidu announces the withdrawal of her dharna on Tuesday evening.
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Kolkata: Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has called off her dharna against the CBI today evening on the third day.

Banerjee announced the withdrawal of the dharna with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu present by her side. Naidu had flown down to Kolkata this afternoon to express solidarity with her.

This comes after the Supreme Court today served notices to Bengal chief secretary, director general of police and, Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on CBI’s petition that the state administration was creating hindrance in the chit-fund scam probe.

The SC also asked Kumar to appear before CBI for questioning, while directing the CBI not to arrest Kumar until further order.

The Trinamool supremo had begun the wildcat dharna at Metro Channel near Esplanade on Sunday 3 February night after a CBI team went to Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence to question him in chit-fund scam.

Kolkata Police, however, had thwarted the attempt by dragging away the CBI officers from the spot and detaining them at Shakespeare Sarani police station for a few hours.

The CM began her dharna soon after this alleging that the Centre was trying to wage a “coup” against her government.

“This dharna was for democracy. It wasn’t political at all nor was it of Trinamool. I held the dharna under Save India banner to protect the dignity of IAS and IPS cadres,” Banerjee said.

She thanked all the political and civil society organisations that extended support to the dharna and maintained that the apex court ruling is a “moral victory” for her.

The CM announced that the anti-BJP parties will meet in Delhi next week and decide future programmes jointly.

Referring to Banerjee as the architect of Opposition unity, Naidu said that the meeting in Delhi will be held on 14 or 15 February.

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