BJP leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday said that the West Bengal Government should apologise to Governor Jagdeep Dhankar after the Governor was allegedly 'insulted' at a Durga Puja programme in Kolkata. The Governor of West Bengal on Tuesday said that he was deeply hurt by the treatment given to him by the State Government at a Durga Pooja event on October 11.
Mukul Roy in an interview with a news agency said that the insult was for the entire Bengal and not him. He also said that the Government should apologise for the behaviour.
"Please note that the Governor is the constitutional head of the state and how he was treated by the state government, it is against the class and creed of Bengal. It was insulting for the state as a whole. So as a common citizen of the state, I feel that this should not be happening and the government should apologise to the Governor."
Jagdeep Dhankar was allegedly sidelined at a Durga Pooja event in Kolkata where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also present. In an earlier statement given to media persons, the Governor said that he was 'hurt' by the treatment.
"I am deeply hurt and disturbed. That insult was not to me but to the culture of West Bengal. Insult was to every person of West Bengal. They will never digest such insult being meted out to a person holding such a position. I am a servant of people and nothing will deter me. I will continue to perform my constitutional duties irrespective of the action of others," Dhankar had told ANI.
The Governor is said to be upset that he was seated on a different dais while the limelight was on a stage featuring Mamata Banerjee and various dignitaries at the event on Friday to showcase the top 70 community puja pandals. Speaking to reporters, he complained that though he spent four hours watching the carnival from beginning to end, he was not shown even once on the multi-camera footage that was beamed out by a government-appointed agency.
(With agency inputs)