Raj Bhavan has been positioned below surveillance “undermining the sanctity” of the establishment, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar alleged on Sunday, a growth that would plunge his already strained ties with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to newer depths.
Making the startling declare, Dhankhar, who has typically crossed swords with the TMC authorities over a number of points up to now one yr, additionally alleged lawlessness was prevailing throughout the state, drawing sharp reactions from Banerjee’s get together, which mentioned that such acts of surveillance are the area of his “bosses from Gujarat”.
“I want to inform you all that the Raj Bhavan is below surveillance. It undermines the sanctity of the Raj Bhavan. I’ll do every thing to guard its sanctity,” Dhankhar instructed a press convention.
“I’ve initiated a really severe, essential probe into it. Sanctity of Raj Bhavan’s functioning needs to be saved intact,” he mentioned.
With out elaborating on what sort of surveillance Raj Bhavan had been put below, Dhankhar mentioned, “As constitutional act, I can’t, won’t ever undergo any surveillance of any nature by any means. Those that have executed it, should pay the value in accordance with rule of legislation. My inner inquiry might be accomplished quickly sufficient,” he mentioned.
The governor additionally spoke about confidential paperwork getting leaked.
There was no phrase from the federal government on Dhankhar’s declare.
Nevertheless, Trinamool Congress MP and spokesperson Mahua Moitra hit out on the governor over the claims.
“Uncleji now claims he and Raj Bhawan premises (are) below surveillance. Imagine me, that’s one thing your bosses from Gujarat do higher than anybody else -any of us could be novices at it,” she mentioned on Twitter.
Expressing “ache” at Mamata Banerjee and her cupboard colleagues not attending the customary At Residence hosted at Raj Bhavan, the governor’s official residence, on Independence Day, Dhankhar mentioned that lower than 35 distinguished friends had been invited protecting in thoughts the Covid-19 outbreak.
“It has been very painful for me… I used to be continually interacting with the state authorities via the chief minister, was impressing upon her persistently that the programme might be held completely and strictly following the COVID protocol and protecting the quantity to reveal minimal.
“It will have been befitting for the event, it could have been a very good tribute to our freedom fighters’ sacrifice if the chief minister and members of the manager invited (had attended); it has set a foul precedent,” he mentioned.
The chief minister had met the governor at Raj Bhavan on Saturday morning after attending the official Independence Day occasion however didn’t attend the At Residence.
Refuting Dhankhar, Moitra shared a doc on Twitter, stating that 96 folks have been invited to the Raj Bhavan.
“Uncle- please at the very least share the entire fact…
Honble CM visited you at Raj Bhavan earlier than your tea get together & spent an hour with you. Dont assume milling in a crowd at a tea get together is smart for both her otherwise you within the midst of Covid 19,” she tweeted.
Referring to a few of his many face-offs with the Mamata Banerjee authorities since he took over because the governor of West Bengal a yr in the past, together with these on the state Meeting, throughout his visits to universities and the Structure Day perform, he mentioned, these weren’t the indicators of democracy or freedom.
Dhankhar mentioned he had discovered the gates to the Meeting locked throughout a scheduled go to. Likewise, the chamber of the vice-chancellor was below lock and key throughout his go to to a college of which he’s the ex-officio chancellor, he mentioned.
On the Structure Day, he was sixth in queue to deal with the Meeting, the governor mentioned.
“I pray to almighty that good sense prevails, Structure is revered,” he mentioned, including, “fifteenth August was one other painful day for me, political violence and killing was seen over unfurling of the nationwide flag.” A BJP employee was killed allegedly by TMC supporters at Khanakul in Hooghly district following a tiff over unfurling the tricolour on the similar spot.
“We’re in a state of lawlessness, already state of affairs is alarmingly worrisome,” the governor mentioned.
He mentioned because the governor he has a constitutional proper to know concerning the happenings within the state and that it’s the obligation of the chief minister to make data obtainable to him.
Dhankhar mentioned there have been 5 editions of Bengal World Enterprise Summit, however his questions on how a lot funding was promised and the way a lot was really delivered, and about jobs created haven’t elicited any response from the federal government.
He mentioned his recommendation to the civil administration and police to behave as public and never political servants and conduct themselves in accordance with legislation and neutrally, has gone unheeded.
“It’s my dedication to the folks of West Bengal, I’ll do every thing potential to make sure that democracy within the state thrives, and democracy will flourish provided that there’s rule of legislation,” he mentioned.
Dhankhar alleged that the police administration is appearing in a way which is “critically compromising” the actions of political opponents of the ruling get together.
He mentioned that even MPs and MLAs have been being slapped with legal circumstances and “threatened in a way that can shake anybody”.