Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tears into Mamata Banerjee govt
Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar feels that the democracy has broken down in West Bengal under the administration of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He also describes himself as a "worried man".
Lucknow: Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar feels that the democracy has broken down in West Bengal under the administration of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He also describes himself as a "worried man".
He denied he was fighting with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool government; he said it was really the other way around.
"The government is outrageously at loggerheads with the Governor. It's trying to belittle the officer of the Governor," Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said.
"And they are doing it through loose cannons -- who hold, unfortunately, the post of minister -- and I am still in persuasive mode," he said.
Since he assumed office in July, Governor Dhankhar and the Trinamool government have clashed over a number of issues, ranging from the seating arrangement at a Durga Puja carnival to his unscheduled visit to Singur.
Asked by sources if democracy had broken down in West Bengal, he said: "Have you any doubt about it?"
"I get publicity here only when I am in one mode...be in praise of the Honourable Chief Minister." WB governor Jagdeep Dhankar said.
Governor Dhankhar was made to wait in front of a locked gate at the state assembly. He entered through one of the gates meant for officials and journalists. This resulted in the latest face off between him and the state government.
The Governor accused the Speaker of cancelling an invitation to lunch "at the last moment" and said he felt insulted.
He said he thought Swachch Bharat, a nationwide cleanliness drive, "needs to start from the assembly building." (He added that he meant this literally, and not metaphorically.)
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also attacked the Mamata Banerjee government over the issue of seating arrangements at a Durga Puja event held in Kolkata on October 11.
At the time, he said he was seated in such a way that he "could not witness a single live programme without being blocked by 20-25 people in the front".
At the India Today Conclave East, he described it as "something Aurangzeb tried with Shivaji".
"What was done to me, I hope it is never done to any constitutional head of any state," he said.
The CU authorities, however, said the governor was informed beforehand that the meeting of the Senate, the highest decision-making body, will not take place on Wednesday.