No earlier governor of WB was like Dhankhar: TMC

Last Updated 23 October 2019, 20:48 IST

Senior Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday said none of the governors of West Bengal he had come across during his political career was like Jagdeep Dhankhar, and he was tired of reacting to his criticism of the state government.

Chatterjee, also the state education minister, said a solution to erase the differences of opinion between the two sides should have come from the governor's office.

Dhankhar and the state government have been at loggerheads on several issues.

"I am tired of giving reactions to the governor's criticism of the state government. He has been giving statements, making comments and posting tweets on almost everything and doing whatever he feels like," he said.

The TMC secretary general said he had interacted with Governors such as Viren J Shah, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, M K Narayan and Keshari Nath Tripathi.

"But I have not seen anyone like him in my career of parliamentary politics," Chatterjee told reporters here.

The TMC leader recollected the day when former Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi, during a meeting to solve the Singur stalemate, made the then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee wait until Mamata Banerjee, then an MP, was brought to Raj Bhavan, the venue of the meeting.

"Even if there is any difference (of opinion) between us (the governor and the state government), the solution should come from Raj Bhavan," he said.

The minister said the people of the state are keeping a watch on who is trying to work for the development of West Bengal.

Dhankhar has been at loggerheads with the state government over several issues -- ranging from his seating position at the Durga Puja carnival to comments on his security -- since he rushed to Jadavpur University on September 19 to 'rescue' Union minister Babul Supriyo who had been gheraoed by a section of its students.

On Tuesday, he wondered whether some sort of censorship was in place in the state after officials of North and South 24 Parganas districts refused to meet him citing ongoing administrative tour of the chief minister. PTI SCH NN NN

(Published 23 October 2019, 18:46 IST)

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