West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday wrote to the President and Prime Minister demanding a change of Governor in the interest of “good governance” in the state.
The letter comes after the CBI arrested four Trinamool leaders, including two ministers, a former minister and a former Mayor in the Narada scam, on Monday.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has been on an unusual offensive against the Mamata Banerjee government after the ruling Trinamool Congress won a landslide in this summer’s assembly polls.
Banerjee’s letters allege that Governor Dhankhar has been raking up an ‘exaggerated version’ of violence in West Bengal since the election.
It said the whole exercise is to project a ‘ highly inflated version ‘ of the law-and-order situation in West Bengal, overlooking the fact that the incidents happened when the control of administration was ” not in our hands.” The situation is now under full control and the administration is busy fighting Covid, it said.
The letter also pointed out that Dhankhar was “crossing all limits” by raising the law-and-order issue during the swearing-in ceremony and tweeting about it in the public domain.
It said the Governor is trying to ‘destabilise the functioning of the government ‘ at a time when the need of the hour was focused on efforts to control the Covid pandemic.
Trinamool Congress sources said the party was considering a resolution passed by the legislative assembly demanding the removal of the Governor.