After West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused governor Keshari Nath Tripathi of threatening her, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday slammed her, saying she the state is not a dictatorship and is governed as per the constitution of India. Rajnath Singh also called for a report from the West Bengal government on the clashes in North-24 Parganas district and steps taken to control the situation.
A Facebook meme on Prophet Mohammad snowballed into a major communal flare-up in Baduria in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal where angry mobs torched police vehicles, vandalised shops and houses and blocked roads leading to the border town.
In a press release, the Governor advised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her ministerial colleagues to "direct their attention to maintain peace and law and order in the state without making any distinction on the basis of caste, creed or community", instead of making accusations against him.
The state government clamped prohibitory orders and suspended internet services in the region. "Her allegation is baseless and meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of West Bengal", a Raj Bhavan statement read.
Chatterjee said as leader of the opposition in the past and now as a state minister, he has seen three Governors from close range. It further said that there was nothing by which the Chief Minister could feel humiliated or threatened. "It is wrong to say that Raj Bhawan has become the office of the BJP or the RSS", he said.
"It is a matter of concern that some communal forces are trying to disrupt the peace and prosperity at various parts of the state". The BJP is still seething over her remark branding a constitutional authority as a "BJP block level leader", while Mamata's men insist that BJP-appointed governors act as political stooges of the party. The PC was not only the worst for a Chief Minister but also for the high prestige of the democracy and constituency. We do not know what exactly had been discussed but even if there was no agreement of opinions, it doesn't make the CM's reaction a justified one. Now she has accused Governor.
"We could not sleep the whole night yesterday". The Centre should send a team of central observers to assess the worsening law and order situation. "At a time when the state is going to dogs, she is pre-occupied with her personal issues", said party politburo member Mohammad Salim.