Kolkata: At a time when West Bengal is staring at a huge medical crisis due to rising coronavirus cases, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is taking the government head-on for the post-poll violence in the state.
Dhankhar warned the state’s newly-elected Trinamool Congress (TMC) government to “not force me to use my constitutional powers”.
The TMC also retorted with an equal vengeance when the party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh and reminded him of his constitutional authority. “He forgot his constitutional position by calling for a change in the state. His appeal was rejected, so old man is now obviously frustrated,” Ghosh was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
The Governor has been touring the state, visiting the victims from the BJP in post-poll violence. He described the places as “violence-hit areas” since the TMC returned to power with an overwhelming mandate.
His recent visit to North Bengal’s Sitalkuchi provoked an angry reaction from chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Author of several books on West Bengal and analyst, Sukhoranjan Dasgupta also took a swipe at the Governor for his actions. “He is doing now what Dharma Vira did as Governor to bring down Bengal’s first non-Congress government in the late 1960s,” Dasgupta was quoted as saying by the agency.
According to Dasgupta, the BJP is unable to accept the drubbing, evident from former Union minister Babul Supriyo’s comment that “Bengal has missed a huge chance by keeping BJP out of power.”
The former Union Minister contested the West Bengal Assembly polls from the Tollygunge constituency but lost to TMC candidate and minister Aroop Biswas miserably.