Governor hits back at Mamata Banerjee: Baseless charges insult Raj Bhavan
West Bengal overnor Keshari Nath Tripathi said in a statement that instead of making allegations against him the government should take care of the state’s law-and-order situation.india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 18:57 IST
The war of words between the West Bengal governor and Trinamool Congress escalated on Wednesday, with the ruling party accusing him of outdoing his constitutional brief and Raj Bhavan countering that the charge insulted the gubernatorial office.
Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said in a statement that instead of making allegations against him the government should take care of the state’s law-and-order situation.
“It is better for the chief minister and her colleagues to direct their attention to maintain peace … in the state without making any distinction on the basis of caste, creed or community,” he said.
He also counterattacked that the baseless “allegations of the chief minister amount to insulting and humiliating the governor and his office”.
The remarks follow chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s allegation before the media on Tuesday that the governor had threatened and humiliated her over the phone.
“He spoke like a block president of the BJP. He always takes one side. I have made it clear to him that he cannot speak to me in that manner. He cannot threaten me,” she said.
The governor called her to speak on the communal flare-up in North 24 Parganas district adjacent o Kolkata where a number of shops, houses and police vehicles were torched by a Muslim mob protesting a blasphemous Facebook post of a Hindu school student.
Tripathi, a BJP leader who was appointed West Bengal governor in 2014, dismissed the chief minister’s charge, saying he spoke to her in accordance with his gubernatorial position after members of the public brought to his notice the “serious event happening in the state”.
“The governor cannot remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the state,” he responded.
But Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee repeated the allegation on Wednesday morning, saying he not only humiliated a democratically-elected chief minister, but also the people of the state.
“He overstepped his limits and behaved like a BJP?representative,” he alleged. “Raj Bhavan is encouraging those who are trying to foment trouble.”
Also, the ruling party has written to President Pranab Mukherjee, marking a copy to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, against the governor.
Tripathi responded in a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday evening, saying the governor is “fully aware of his constitutional obligations and limitations and needs no lesson from anyone”.
“True, the chief minister has been democratically elected by the people but it should not be forgotten that the governor is also appointed by the President on the recommendation of a democratically elected Union government,” his statement said.
First Published: Jul 05, 2017 18:57 IST