Andhra CM has done the right thing by blocking CBI in his state: Mamata Banerjee

It is yet to be seen if Mamata will remain confined to state politics or will emerge as a kingmaker in Indian politics Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 16, 2018, 04.10 PM (IST)

Hours after the news that Chandrababu Naidu led Andhra Pradesh government has withdrawn 'general consent' accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to exercise its authority in the state broke out, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that her AP counterpart has done the right thing.

''Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has done the right thing in saying that he won't allow Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in his state,'' Banerjee was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

A 'confidential' government order to this effect, issued by Principal Secretary (Home) A R Anuradha on November 8, was "leaked" late Thursday night.

Banerjee said that BJP is history changer, name changer, note changer, institution changer but not a game changer. 

''The country is in danger. BJP project as if they have given birth to the nation but they were nowhere during independence,'' she said. 

The CBI functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.
Ever since he snapped ties with the Narendra Modi-led NDA government in March this year, Naidu had been alleging that the centre was misusing agencies like the CBI to target political opponents.

The recent raids by Income Tax authorities on some business establishments, run by those close to the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the state, have left Naidu red-faced.

Subsequently, he announced that his government would not provide police cover to the IT officials for conducting the raids.