The Congress and the Trinamool Congress workers on Wednesday put up a united fight against the ruling BJP government by holding twin protests over the Rafale issue and CBI action on Kolkata police chief.
The protests featured TMC and Congress workers who were also joined by Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
Anti-Modi slogans were raised outside the Parliament by party workers.
The Congress has been accusing massive irregularities in the deal, alleging that the government was procuring each aircraft at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore as against Rs 526 crore finalised by the UPA government when it was negotiating procurement of 126 Rafale jets.
It has also demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal.
The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the 2015 Rafale jet deal was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid ruckus.
Meanwhile, alleging attack on federal structure, TMC MPs protested wearing black clothes against the Central government in the Parliament premises.
An intense drama was witnessed on February 3 afternoon when a team of 40-odd CBI officers reached Kumar’s residence, and a team of Kolkata Police officers rushed there to inquire if they had the documents required to question the CP.
Some CBI men were then bundled into police jeeps and taken to the police station.
After the CBI-police face-off, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in in front of the Metro Cinema to protest “insults” faced at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. She accused both the BJP leaders of organising a “coup” on West Bengal.