Taking a U-turn over his statement against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the outgoing West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday said that unnecessary controversy is being created on his statement. He said that one must also highlight the good things he has said about the CM.
Speaking to media, Govenor Tripathi who is said to have various tussles with Mamata Banerjee during his tenure in the state said, "She is a lady who has risen...Don't create unnecessary controversy...My message to Bengal is...be peaceful, maintain law and order and let Bengal prosper...I've already appealed earlier." He also added that Banerjee has the vision and power to implement her decisions but needs to keep a check on her sentiments and exercise restraint.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has got vision, she has the power to implement her decisions but she should exercise restraint too. She becomes sentimental on occasions, so she has to keep a control on it," Tripathi told PTI while replying to questions on a wide range of issues. He also expressed concern on violence in the state, saying the law and order situation should be improved. Asked if he felt that the general elections in West Bengal were held in a free and fair manner, Tripathi praised the role of senior police officers, but alleged that those at lower level were aligning themselves with political parties which has led to voters losing confidence in the election process.
The state witnessed several incidents of political violence during and after the Lok Sabha polls and also protests by successful candidates of West Bengal School Service Commission examination who are yet to get their placements, primary school teachers, junior doctors and employees of the power department. On whether he felt the current law and order situation in West Bengal could warrant imposition of President's Rule, Tripathi refrained from giving a direct reply.
"President's Rule can be imposed under certain circumstances which have been mentioned in some judgments of the Supreme Court. Law and order is a state subject. So, mere deterioration of the law and order situation may by itself not be sufficient for imposition of President's Rule," he said. If there are instances where the government is not working in accordance with the Constitution, then the President's rule can be imposed, he added.
Tripathi and Banerjee, who is the Trinamool Congress chief, have publicly criticised each other a number of times during the last five years. The chief minister has often accused the governor of targeting her government and interfering in its work at the behest of BJP-led central government. Asked whether he saw any discrimination in West Bengal, 85-year-old Tripathi said, "Discrimination is apparent. Her (Banerjee) statements show the discrimination".
In major development in the state of West Bengal, outgoing Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's "appeasement policy" is adversely affecting the social harmony of the state. He said the chief minister should treat every citizen equally without discrimination.
"Her (Banerjee's ) policy of appeasement has the effect of adversely affecting societal harmony... I think she should look at every citizen equally. I believe that every citizen of West Bengal should be dealt with equally without discrimination," he said. Asked whether he saw any discrimination in West Bengal, 85-year-old Tripathi said, "Discrimination is apparent. Her (Banerjee) statements show the discrimination".
President of India appointed Jagdeep Dhankhar as the governor of West Bengal for a term of five years. Chief Minister Banerjee welcomed the new governor and said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed her about Dhankhar's appointment. Dhankhar is a noted Supreme Court lawyer and a former MP who will replace Tripathi sd hr completes his tenure as the 19th governor of West Bengal on July 23.
"I welcome Jagdip Dhankar (sic) who has been appointed as the new Governor of Bengal. I just now came to know from media about this. I welcome him to our beautiful state," Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. "Hon'ble Home Minister just now talked to me about appointment of new Governor of West Bengal. I informed him that I have already welcomed the new Governor," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo added.