Published On: Fri, Dec 11th, 2020

West Bengal Governor dubs attack on Nadda’s convoy a slur on democratic fabric

Kolkata: A day after the alleged Trinamool Congress-backed attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda’s convoy in Diamond Harbour, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday sent a detailed report to the Centre about Thursday’s incident. Sources said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has received the report and sought an assessment of the law and order situation in the state.

I take a very serious note of the statement made by the chief minister

Slamming the Mamata Banerjee-led state administration, Dhankhar said: “The events that happened yesterday are most unfortunate. They are a slur on our democratic fabric.”

“The Chief Minister has to follow the Constitution. She cannot depart for its paths,” he said, requesting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to issue an apology over the incident. “In a democracy, everyone has the right to put their point of view in front of the public. That didn’t happen yesterday, neither did it happen in Siliguri,” he stated.

Nadda’s convoy was allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress supporters in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district when the BJP chief was heading out to attend a rally on Thursday. The incident took place near Shirakol area when Nadda was on his way to address a rally at Diamond Harbour’s Radio Station Ground. The bullet-proof vehicle in which Nadda was travelling was attacked by Trinamool Congress-backed goons.

The irate mob had also attacked other vehicles of senior BJP leaders like national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national vice-president Mukul Roy and Anupam Hazra in the convoy.

Later, chief minister Mamata Banerjee termed the whole incident as a ‘drama’ and claimed that it was staged by the saffron brigade to attract political attention before the state assembly elections.

“BJP has no other work. Sometimes the Home Minister is here. Other times its Chaddha-Nadda-Fadda-Bhaddha is here. When people don’t attend their rallies, they call their workers for doing such nautanki (drama),” Banerjee had said while addressing a public rally in Kolkata on Thursday evening.

Referring to the incident, Dhankhar said that yesterday, the leader of a national political party was blatantly attacked and State actors, who were involved, had support from the ruling administration.

“This is like a death-knell to democracy. I have written so in my feedback. The Chief Minister has to follow the Constitution. She cannot depart from its paths. The law and order situation in the state has been continuously worsening for a long time. As a Governor, it is my duty to uphold the Indian Constitution,” he told media persons here.

The Governor also took a serious note of the CM’s statement where she had said the attack on BJP’s convoy was nothing but a ‘staged drama’.

“I take a very serious note of the statement made by the chief minister. How can a responsible chief minister, believing in rule of law, believing in Constitution, and believing in rich Bengali culture, talk the way she did. I appeal to her – madam, please reflect, please maintain some dignity and grace, and take back those words,” he said.

Talking about Banerjee’s stand on “outsiders making trouble” in Bengal, Dhankhar said that India is one country and any citizen can go anywhere here.

“Madam Chief Minister, India is one, Indians are one, please do not play with or fan this kind of fire. You are under oath of the constitution, please respect it. Who is an outsider, who is an insider, please do not indulge in these kinds of statements,” he added.

“I take a very serious note of the statement that emanated from Chief Minister. How can a responsible Chief Minister believing in rule of law, believing in Constitution, talked the way she did. I tweeted, I urge the CM, madam pls reflect. And withdraw that video. She is a symbol of struggle. She is a senior leader. She is in the second term of Chief Ministership. What happened was most unfortunate. I once again make an appeal to her to withdraw her video with an apology. This will raise her stature. The local MLA and the MP appealing to them, political events come and go let’s not ravage and ruin democracy,” he said.

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