TMC, BJP polarising people in WB: CPI(M)

Marcus Newton
July 6, 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday spoke to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and governor KN Tripathi, a day after the former alleged that the governor had spoken harshly to her and left her feeling insulted.

As many as four companies comprising 400 troops paramilitary troops of the Border Security Force were rushed to the North 24 Parganas in West Bengal after violent communal clashes broke out over a Facebook post by a Hindu boy that Muslims living in the area said insulted their religion.

Backing Banerjee, senior state minister Subrata Mukherjee reprimanded Tripathi for "adopting a tone of hatred" during his telephonic talk with Banerjee and virtually challenged the governor to "do what he can". Several shops were torched and houses ransacked in Baduria, Tentulia and Golabari. The crowd also demonstrated in front of Baduria police station.

"Her (CM's) allegation is baseless and meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of West Bengal". "The talks between the Hon'ble chief minister and the Hon'ble governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it", a statement issued by Raj Bhavan in Kolkata said.

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The Governor, however, said he had only enquired from the Chief Minister as to why the State Government was not bringing in Central forces when the situation was deteriorating fast.

The release held it was wrong to say "that Raj Bhavan has become the office of the BJP or the RSS (Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh)".

Incidents of communal tension are frequently occurring in various parts of the state.

Mamata Banerjee yesterday accused Governor Tripathi of making threats against her and abusing her. The PC was not only the worst for a Chief Minister but also for the high prestige of the democracy and constituency. We have been demanding President's Rule in Bengal for some time. "Going by the prevalent scenario in the state, we are confident none can disagree with our demand", said Ghosh. Her anger is because the Governor performed his constitutional duty and enquired about the (Baduria) incident. She also issued a strict warning to leaders of both communities. Banerjee also slammed Tripathi saying that he was behaving like a "block president of BJP". "Instead of focusing on governance and maintaining the law and order, everyday new controversies are being created to divert the attention of the people and the media", BJP leader S Prakash told ANI.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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