STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Bengal governor accuses Mamata of appeasing minorities, says he is appointed by President not nominated

The face-off between the chief minister and the constitutional head of the state began after Banerjee made her five-page letter to Dhankar public on Thursday afternoon.

Published: 24th April 2020 08:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th April 2020 08:43 PM   |  A+A-

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Express News Service

KOLKATA: Sparks continued flying between West Bengal governor and chief minister as Jagdeep Dhankar, in response to Mamata Banerjee’s five-page letter to him, shot back a 14-page reply on Friday accusing her of appeasing the minority community and diverting people’s attention from her abject failure in combating and containing Coronavirus in the state.

Referring to the CM's statement describing him as a ‘nominated’, governor Dhankar said he was appointed by the President and not nominated.

The face-off between the chief minister and the constitutional head of the state began after Banerjee made her five-page letter to Dhankar public on Thursday afternoon. She accused the governor of repeatedly interfering in the functioning of the state administration and asked him to judge who has "crossed the limit of constitutional dharma and decency".

Her letter came in the backdrop of Dhankar repeatedly voicing concern over the state government's handling of COVID-19 pandemic.

In his letter with 37-paragraphs, Dhankar wrote, "I can figure out that your entire strategy is crafted to deliberately divert people’s attention from your

abject failure in combating and containing coronavirus in West Bengal. Your appeasement of the minority community was so explicit and awkward that as to a question about the Nizamuddin Markaz incident by a journalist, your reaction was "do not ask communal questions". This is most unfortunate and you will appreciate that a perpetrator can never position as a victim."

Dhankar disowned Banerjee’s allegations of attacking the CM, her ministers, and officers. Referring to the central team's Bengal visit, Dhankar asked, "How

worrisome it is as ours is the only state where the central teams, whose only role is affirmative and in aid of the state, are made to face unwholesome scenario. Your cover-up ‘mechanism’ would lead to very painful results. Banning of mobile phones inside isolation wards is also a case in point."

The governor labelled Banerjee’s letter to him is part of her ‘alibi strategy’ emanates from a script that seeks to cover up her ‘monumental failure’.  

He said he is neither a ‘rubber stamp’ nor a ‘post office’. Dhankar accused Banerjee of adopting an accusatory mode — be it with the governor or central government. "If I have to be faithful to my oath, surely I cannot be fiddling in Raj Bhawan when people of the state are stressed. I cannot turn ‘Nelson’s eye’ to serious issues being faced by the people during this crisis", he wrote.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • l.s mohandoss

    Whether nominated or appointed Governor is not an elected person as a Governor he should have avoided 'appeasement of Minorities
    1 month ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp