Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress is planning to raise West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar's style of functionning in the winter session of the Parliament to attack the BJP. On Sunday it complained to Union home minister Amit Shah against Mr Dhankhar of running "parallel administration" in the state.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee's party also requested Mr Shah to summon Mr Dhankhar to New Delhi and guide him about his constitutional limitations. Within few hours of the Trinamul's complaint to Mr Shah, Mr Dhankhar shot back to the ruling party. He not only rubbished the allegation of running "parallel administration" but also wondered which department he has been running.
Leader of the Trinamul parliamentary party in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay, who met Mr Shah in New Delhi, said, "The Governor is running a parallel administration in the state. This is against the parliamentary democracy. We have told the union home minister to summon the Governor and give him proper guidance."
He elaborated, "The state government would never oppose if the Governor wants to attend his scheduled programmes after consulting it. But he is not taking the cooperation from the state police. He has brought the central reserve paramilitary force from the Centre."
Mr Bandopadhyay added, "We told the union home minister to make him aware of the guidance so that he can continue in cooperation with the state government. The Governor's role in the state can not be supported anyway. He has been continuing with his programmes keeping the state government in dark."
The Trinamool MP of North Kolkata I have appealed all the opposition parties in Lok Sabha for their support when we would raise it at the business advisory committee meeting for discussion on the floor of the House." However Mr Dhankhar, on the sidelines of an event, said, "All I can say is this is news to me."
He added, "I am not aware of any development. Am I right? No one has got in touch with me. What someone does is somebody's right. But if I were to run a government, I would have gone to Farakka in a helicopter, not gone by road on 700 kms both ways. Do I run? You are the vigilant section of the society, the media."
The Governor argued, "If you think I run a government, please tell me which department I am running. The chief secretary of the state has not seen me when he took charge 50 days back. Am I running a government? Am I right? No. You see it is not my job to react to what is being said. I am not in the game of politics."
He observed, "I am in the job that has high constitutional morality and propreity. And what I am doing is something I have declared openly. I would like to go to every nook and corner of West Bengal like I said it from day one. And why that is the job as I, as a Governor is required to do, is that the oath I have taken."