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Governor is making the same allegations as the BJP: Mamata Banerjee

The relationship between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been turbulent from the beginning.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata |
January 7, 2017 4:40:26 am
mamata banerjee, mamata governor letter, Keshari Nath Tripathi, west bengal governor, west bengal law and order situation, india news, indian express Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefs mediapersons at Town Hall in Kolkata on Friday. Subham Dutta

In her reply to the Governor’s letter, in which he expressed concern on the law and order situation in West Bengal and the attack on the BJP office in Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said this was the same thing that the BJP has alleged, sources have said.

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The relationship between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been turbulent from the beginning. But presently, all attempts at ensuring a working relationship have been cast aside, with party general secretary and state minister Partha Chatterjee questioning whether the Governor was acting “as per BJP’s wishes”.

The Governor’s letter, according to the state government, was a verbatim rendition of allegations and demands made by a BJP delegation when they met him on Wednesday.

Sources in the Trinamool Congress claimed that when they went to meet the Governor, he pulled up Partha Chatterjee, who had been leading the delegation.

“He wasn’t interested in hearing the TMC’s side of the story. His only concern was what the BJP had briefed him about. He also brought up issues regarding IAS officers and IPS officers — issues on which he and the state government have had conflicts in the past. These weren’t related to the issue at hand,” said a senior cabinet minister.

None of this went down with the Chief Minister, who drafted a reply immediately after receiving the letter from the Governor, said sources.

“In the reply, she simply said, ‘we have received your letter and that this is the same thing the BJP is alleging’. In the most constitutional manner possible, she conveyed to the Governor that he was speaking in the BJP’s voice,” said a source.

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