Featured Image: File photo of West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
Kolkata, 30 September: WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi accusing him of interfering in the functioning of the state’s Trinamool Congress government.
Banerjee was speaking at a seminar on co-operative federalism at a private hotel in Delhi organised by the Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP) party government there.
“Every other day Governor is sometimes summoning the DGP, chief secretary or the home secretary. Sometimes sending SMSes instructing that security cover be provided to this BJP worker or that BJP worker. What is this? If you have anything to say, talk to us (the ministers). After all, Governor is paid by the state government,” Banerjee said.
The outburst comes against the backdrop of Governor Tripathi writing directly to the Union home ministry asking for Central forces for the 3 October civic polls in Bengal. “Law and order is a state subject but Governor wrote to the Union home ministry keeping us in the dark. We came to know only after the Center replied to us referring to the Governor’s letter,” she said.
Banerjee is also angry over the Governor’s intervention that compelled her administration to provide security cover to actor-turned-BJP leader Roopa Ganguly.
She alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre was trying to run a parallel government in Bengal and other Opposition ruled states by using the office of the Governor. “If anyone dares a protest, they send the CBI or the Enforcement Directorate. But running government through such bulldozing tactics will not augur well for the future,” the Bengal Chief Minister said.
“Like the Union government, the state governments are also elected by the people. Hence both must stay within their respective jurisdictions. Trying to run states through nominated people is not good for the country’s democratic practise,” she added.