Updated: May 13, 2021 03:39 First
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]May 13 (ANI): After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that West Bengal Governor’s visit to violence-hit Cooch Behar district violates norms, Jagdeep Dhankhar asked her to uphold constitutional commitments, saying it would It is time to address the issues that are being faced. People in deep trouble.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, the Governor wrote, “We both being constitutional functionaries are subject to the Constitution. I am sure you will at least accept the supremacy of the Constitution, that by oath you are appointed to abide by.” Look again. Commit to our stand and the Constitution that you are bound to abide by by oath. It is time to address the issues being faced by the people in deep trouble.”
Citing constitutional responsibilities under Article 159, he said: “The Constitution says under Article 159 that I shall ‘to the best of my ability defend, defend and defend the Constitution and the law and I shall dedicate myself to service and goodness’. People of West Bengal’. I will do whatever is required of me on my oath.”
On Wednesday, Mamata, in a letter to Dhankhar, said: “I have come to know from social media that you are moving unilaterally towards Cooch Behar district on May 13 and sadly I think it is long gone. This is a violation of norms. Many decades. Therefore, I request you to kindly follow the well-established norms of protocol and avoid making sudden decisions regarding field visits.”
Dhankhar is scheduled to visit West Bengal’s Sitalkuchi and other places in Cooch Behar on Thursday, where he will interact with victims of the post-poll violence.
The governor had said, “As part of my constitutional duty, I have decided to visit the affected parts of the state and ask the government to make arrangements. Unfortunately, their response has not been very responsive. I am with my schedule.” I will go ahead and make arrangements for the visit myself in the coming days.”
He had also asked the Mamata government to “restore credibility and prosecute the culprits who tarnished our democratic fabric”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that nine workers of its party have been killed in the post-poll violence. However, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been denying the allegations.
On May 7, a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs visited Diamond Harbor area of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal to assess the ground situation.
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Calcutta High Court had also ordered the West Bengal Home Secretary to file a report detailing the places where the violence took place and the steps taken.
Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) urged President Ram Nath Kovind to immediately take effective steps to stop the “unprecedented post-poll violence” by “TMC workers and jihadis” in West Bengal.
In a letter written by VHP working president advocate Alok Kumar, the council had said that the post-poll violence in West Bengal was reminiscent of the “direct action of the Muslim League”.
Incidents of violence were reported in many parts of the state after the results of West Bengal assembly elections were declared on May 2. (ANI)