With the Centre considering taking punitive action against five senior West Bengal police officers for attending her recent sit-in, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Friday she would bestow on them the highest State award if they were stripped of their medals.
She had abruptly begun a dharna last Sunday to protest the action, which she called an attempt by the Modi government to “stifle the spirit of the Constitution and federalism.” The officers, including DGP Virendra Kumar, were present at Mr. Banerjee’s dharna venue on February 4 in plain clothes.
“I will give these five senior officials the highest state honour ‘Bangabibhusan’, if the Centre takes back their medals. Also, I will send a strongly-worded letter, if they send me one,” Ms. Banerjee said on the sidelines of Bengal Global Business Summit, strongly refuting the Centre’s charge that the officials had participated in the dharna.
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