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‘Don’t Try to Usurp Power in Time of Crisis’: Mamata Slams Bengal Governor for ‘Abusive’ Words

File photos of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

File photographs of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The rebuttal got here after the governor shot off two letters to the chief minister final week amid the conflict between the Raj Bhavan and Nabanna, the state secretariat, within the wake of West Bengal’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • Last Updated: May 2, 2020, 11:11 PM IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday, accusing him of attempting to “usurp powers” amid the coronavirus disaster, and requested him to desist from utilizing official communications and logos on social media.

Banerjee’s rebuttal got here after the governor shot off two letters to the chief minister final week amid the conflict between the Raj Bhavan and Nabanna, the state secretariat, within the wake of West Bengal’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In his letters, Dhankhar had urged Banerjee to chorus from indulging in politics in the course of the pandemic.

“Such words and such communications of such content, tenor and tone from a governor to an elected CM are unprecedented in the annals of Indian constitutional and political history. Your words against me and my ministers and officers can be described as vituperative, intemperate, intimidating and abusive,” Banerjee mentioned in her 14-page reply to Dhankhar.

Accusing him of preaching and sermonising constitutional norms “without practising it and violating it”, she mentioned the governor might not agree together with her insurance policies, however sadly, he has no different energy than bringing it to her discover, so long as the federal government instructions the arrogance of the legislature.

“I beseech you to desist from intensifying your efforts to usurp powers, especially during the humongous crisis which the nation and West Bengal is grappling with. Please do not dream of a ‘Dyarchy’ in the state,” the chief minister mentioned.

She mentioned the governor’s conduct reminds individuals of the 1770s when the colonially engineered scheme of Dyarchy idestroyed the political economic system of Bengal.

While asking him to desist from utilizing official communications and logos on social media, she mentioned, “Words and communication utilized by you for an elected CM are

unprecedented within the annals of Indian constitutional and political historical past. These usually are not latest or first-time outbursts by you.”

Minutes later, Dhankhar responded to Banerjee’s letter by way of a sequence of tweets stating that there isn’t any substance in her model, both in truth and regulation.

“I admire her stance ‘for full cooperation with state government’. Persistently I had been beseeching her to work in togetherness as we’re confronted nearly with roof falling scenario. Hope she acts as such. No time to bicker. There aren’t any sane takers for

this unseemly state of affairs. I’ve held sufficient near my chest- appears to be like like revealing is turning into unavoidable. Reply will probably be despatched as her letter has content material to which I can’t subscribe because it eclipses essence of structure,” he wrote.

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