Bengal Governor slams Mamata Banerjee over her remarks
In a letter addressed to Mamata Banerjee Governor Dhankar wrote, “Adoning diversionary tactics you have labelled my reaction as “sweeping and uncalled for statement.” In the face of such enormity, I cannot ‘fiddle’ in Raj Bhawan and be a mute spectator. That would be an unpardonable abdication of my constitutional duty.”
West Bengal reported a horrendous incident in which at least 10 people including 2 children were burnt alive. The incident took place in the Rampurhat area of Birbhum. The incident took place after the killing of Bhadu Sheikh, a TMC panchayat leader.
Mamata Banerjee asked Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar “to refrain from making unwarranted statements and allow the administration to conduct an impartial probe” regarding the Birbhum violence.
He further wrote in the letter, “There can just be no credibility for the SIT headed by Gyanwant Singh, suffering judicial taint and condemnation? SIT is being taken as ‘cover-up operation’ to provide an escape route to rogue elements. “Men Friday” in the probe is cut out for ‘hatchet work’ and not a fair independent investigation.
In a state suffering unchecked rampant political violence, arson, extortion, and murders, a Chief Minister, claiming to be the protector of democracy, should have minimally acted against the known dreaded musclemen, who only survive on state patronage.”
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar added, “In observing that my “comments were not forthcoming whenever much more heinous incidents happened in the BJP-ruled states and also in other parts of the country. Surprisingly, in all these cases, you have chosen to remain silent” you have overlooked the constitutional prescription that ordains me to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law” and “devote myself to the service and well being of the people of West Bengal”. Unlike you, my functional area is the only state of West Bengal.”
“It is high time for you now to hold the rule of law as the supreme command, rather than finding fault in the Governor, who is expectedly performing his solemn duty under the Constitution rightly at this most unfortunate moment that has seen people being burnt alive,” Dhankar wrote.
While concluding the letter he said, “I would urge you to face the alarming grim situation and vindicate your oath of office and “bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India” and “faithfully and conscientiously discharge duties as Chief Minister”. It’s high time for you to revisit your confrontational unconstitutional stance and pave the way of functioning in togetherness so that democratic values and human rights get restored and people get a reprieve from repressive ‘fear‘ and ‘suffering‘.”
The governor has taken to Twitter to slam Chief Minister Mamata and has attached the letter that he has written. He tweeted, “WB Guv Response to Hon’ble CM Mamata Banerjee on worst in recent memory grisly carnage at Rampurhat, where six women and two children were burnt alive. This savagery is being justifiably compared by many to incidents in the state a few years ago, while HCM was in opposition.”
Response to Hon’ble CM Mamata Banerjee on worst in recent memory grisly carnage at Rampurhat, where six women and two children were burnt alive.
This savagery is being justifiably compared by many to incidents in the state few years ago, while HCM was in opposition. pic.twitter.com/Z7vXiVdLFP
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) March 23, 2022
The CPI(M) alleged the victim’s houses were set ablaze to avenge the killing of Bhadu Sheikh, a TMC panchayat leader. CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty had alleged the violence was a result of internal rivalries in the TMC.
CPI(M) tweeted, “Avoiding obstacles created by Bengal police, Comrade Salim, State Secretary CPI(M) WB reached Bagtui in Birbhum where many people have been burnt alive due to TMC goons. There is no rule of law in West Bengal.”
Avoiding obstacles created by Bengal police, Comrade Salim, State Secretary CPI(M) WB reached Bagtui in Birbhum where many people have been burnt alive due to TMC goons. There is no rule of law in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/rPc3nv97e8
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) March 23, 2022
Meanwhile condemning the shocking and inhuman killings, the Left Front (LF) on Wednesday took out a rally in Rampurhat town of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, demanding justice for those killed in violence in the area the day before.
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