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Trinamool govt rattled by Guv’s direction to universities to observe Yoga Day

Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee said although a chancellor was free to write to vice- chancellors, Tripathi should not have bypassed the education department.

kolkata Updated: Jun 15, 2018 17:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Trinamool Congress,Keshari Nath Tripathi,Bengal Governor
West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.(HT File Photo)

The Bengal government has been rattled by governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s letter to vice-chancellors of all state universities, asking them to observe International Yoga Day on June 21 on campus.

A Bengal governor is the chancellor of all state-run universities. The universities received Tripathi’s letter on Wednesday.

On Thursday, state education minister and Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee said although a chancellor was free to write to the vice- chancellors, Tripathi should not have bypassed the education department.

“I do not feel that bypassing the state government in this manner meets the parameters of courtesy. The Mamata Banerjee government celebrates World Yoga Day every year but it does so in its unique style. The day will be celebrated this year as well,” Chatterjee said.

Read: Nothing in conversation for Mamata Banerjee to feel threatened or humiliated: West Bengal Raj Bhavan

Incidentally, at the two- day conference of governors on June 4 and 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that all universities should celebrate International Yoga Day to make youths aware of the benefits of yoga.

Interestingly, schools affiliated to Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) celebrated the day in 2017 but schools run by the Bengal government stayed away. The government conducted a yoga competition at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata a few days later.

Read: Mamata-governor face-off intensifies, Trinamool writes to President, Rajnath

This is not the first time the government and Trinamool leaders have spoken against Tripathi in public. In July last year chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused Tripathi of threatening and insulting her during a meeting. Hours after she said this, Raj Bhavan issued a statement saying there was nothing in the talks between them which might have led her to feel so.

The Raj Bhavan press release said: “Talks between the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Hon’ble Governor were confidential in nature and none are expected to disclose it. However, there was nothing in the talks for which the Hon’ble Chief Minister may have felt insulted, threatened or humiliated.”

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 17:07 IST