BENGAL GAS CHAMBER FOR DEMOCRACY, SAYS DHANKHAR ON GANDHI’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday chose the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 74th death anniversary to target the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government, saying the state “is becoming a gas chamber for democracy”.

“Bengal is becoming a gas chamber for democracy. We cannot let it turn into a laboratory for human rights violations… We cannot let this soil soak in blood. There is no rule of law in Bengal. Only the ruler rules here. It is my responsibility to protect the Constitution,” Dhankhar said. The Bengal governor was addressing people at a programme held at Gandhi Ghat in Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district.

Dhankhar’s statements came days after the TMC decided to move motions against him at the coming sessions of the Rajya Sabha and the state legislative assembly to condemn his actions which the ruling party describes as violation of Constitutional norms and practices. Ruling party leaders have repeatedly alleged that he is “an agent of the Centre”.

Dhankhar was sworn in on July 30, 2019, and the face-off started in less than two months.

On Thursday, the TMC decided to place a Substantive Motion in the Rajya Sabha criticizing Dhankhar. The decision was taken at a meeting chief minister Mamata Banerjee held with her party’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members.

The party is also planning to move a motion against the governor in the coming session of the state legislature.

Even as the acrimonious relationship between Raj Bhawan and the TMC touched an all-time low, Dhankhar on Sunday reiterated that there should be a dialogue between the governor and the state government.

“On the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, honourable Mamata Banerjee should take an oath to follow the Constitution. I request her to take out time from her schedule and hold discussions with the governor. Democracy wants people in high positions to work together in the interest of the people who look up to us. We cannot be arrogant. We cannot be driven by ego. I hold no malice against those who pass comments on the governor every day because the chief minister herself has made comments inside and outside the state. This was not right. I hope that today she gets the message through you (the media). She and I should hold discussions,” Dhankhar said.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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