October 30, 2020 6:00:57 am
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Thursday met Union Residence Minister Amit Shah on the latter’s residence in New Delhi to debate the law-and-order scenario within the state.
The Governor’s statements to the media after the assembly — he claimed West Bengal was now a “police state”, and mentioned he had “witnessed a continuous decline of democratic governance” — drew sharp reactions from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress and the CPI(M). The TMC accused Dhankhar of being the BJP’s “loudspeaker”.
Sources mentioned the Governor apprised Shah of the present scenario within the state. A tweet on Dhankhar’s official deal with learn, “West Bengal Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar known as on the Union Residence Minister Shri Amit Shah as we speak at his residence. Governor Dhankhar was with the Union Residence Minister for over an hour and state of affairs and political affairs in West Bengal have been traversed.”
Later, addressing the media at Banga Bhawan, Dhankhar mentioned that whereas he couldn’t go into the specifics of the assembly, he mentioned the “standing of democratic establishments and problems with public curiosity” with the house minister. “I’ve witnessed a continuous decline in democratic governance. Political violence, vendetta is a each day affair. Focused killings being seen fairly often. Because the constitutional head, I’ve witnessed it. The best problem is that the police and paperwork are being politicised. They’re working as foot troopers of the state authorities. I’ve repeatedly appealed to them that what you might be doing is past your Constitutional rights…It has turn out to be a police state,” he mentioned.
Dhankhar asserted that authorities officers should keep in mind they’re accountable. “No arm of the legislation will spare anybody,” he mentioned.
The Governor added, “I despatched an enter to the DGP apprehending menace notion for an affiliation with an MP. However after Manish Shukla was murdered, the chief minister took a stand on behalf of the DGP by way of a letter. How can a constitutional head have a sound sleep when violence and vendetta are happening?”
Shukla was a detailed aide of Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh of the BJP. He was shot lifeless in entrance of the celebration workplace in North 24 Parganas’ Titagarh space on October four. The state Legal Investigation Division (CID) has to date arrested three individuals in reference to the killing.
Dhankar went on to say, “I’m dedicated to making sure a free, truthful, fearless environment…My concern is just not who’s being elected however my concern is how the election is happening.”
The Governor advised reporters, “You don’t have any concept of what’s occurring in West Bengal. The law-and-order scenario has fully crumbled. Police and bureaucrats are working as political servants of the ruling celebration. The crime statistics have gone up and al-Qaeda is spreading its fangs in Murshidabad.”
Lashing out at him, TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee mentioned, “The Governor of West Bengal is a loudspeaker of the BJP. Did he go to satisfy the Residence Minister or did he go to satisfy his BJP leaders? He has carried out it round 99 occasions, so this have to be chapter 100. As soon as once more he went to Delhi along with his rubbish of lies.
All throughout Bengal, the festive event was held peacefully. The enjoyment of the competition was shared by crores of individuals in Bengal in concord. He’s a shame to Raj Bhavan.”
State Schooling Minister and TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee additionally criticised Dhankhar, asking him to first have a look at the law-and-order scenario in Uttar Pradesh.
“I’ve by no means come throughout a Governor who enjoys staying within the limelight a lot. Earlier than talking about Bengal, he should first have a look at the law-and-order scenario in Uttar Pradesh and speak about it. He’s demeaning the Governor’s chair by enjoying a political function. He’s saying that the police are enjoying a political function within the state. However is he not doing the identical? He has no say within the conduct of an election. The Structure solely permits the Election Fee to carry elections. I don’t know why he’s so frightened however we’re positively frightened by his angle,” Chatterjee added.
Opposition events Congress and CPI(M) additionally criticised the Governor.
“Earlier than submitting his report on the law-and-order scenario of the state to the Union Residence Minister, the Governor ought to have held discussions with the state house secretary, chief secretary and even with the chief minister. It’s certainly a proven fact that there was a extreme deterioration of the law-and-order scenario within the state. On the identical time, I don’t know whether or not the Structure permits the Governor to talk on the law-and-order scenario and to what extent. Even his views on this have to be neutral. Nevertheless, he has not carried out the suitable factor as we speak by talking concerning the law-and-order scenario of the state,” mentioned Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya.
CPI(M) chief Shamik Lahiri mentioned Dhankhar doesn’t know the way the dignity of the Governor’s chair ought to be maintained.
“He’s making political statements. What TMC is doing in Bengal, the BJP is doing the identical throughout the nation. However he doesn’t converse on such points,” he added.
The BJP, nonetheless, backed the Governor. “Has he mentioned something that’s unfaithful? The individuals of the state know what the reality is. The Governor is the custodian of the Structure relating to issues associated to the state. No matter he mentioned is hundred per cent true. There is no such thing as a room for any controversy on this. Day-after-day, Opposition celebration employees are being killed and false instances are being lodged in opposition to them. Regulation and order have collapsed right here. The Governor is the spokesperson of the widespread man and addressed points regarding them,” mentioned state BJP vice-president Pleasure Prakash Majumdar.
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