Bengal violence: Mamata Banerjee alleges governor called meeting of political parties at the behest of BJP

Banerjee said the governor had also called her to take part in the meeting, but she declined as law and order was a state subject and 'not the governor's'.

Press Trust of India June 13, 2019 16:44:01 IST
Bengal violence: Mamata Banerjee alleges governor called meeting of political parties at the behest of BJP
  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had convened a meeting of four major political parties in the state at the behest of the BJP.

  • Banerjee claimed that Tripathi had also called her for the meeting, but she declined as law and order was a state subject and 'not the governor's'

  • TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Congress and CPI(M) state heads Somen Mitra and Surya Kanta Mishra are to participate in the meeting at the Raj Bhavan

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had convened a meeting of four major political parties in the backdrop of the post-poll violence in the state at the behest of the BJP.

Bengal violence Mamata Banerjee alleges governor called meeting of political parties at the behest of BJP

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said Tripathi had also called her to take part in the meeting, but she declined as law and order was a state subject and "not the governor's".

Tripathi has called the ruling TMC, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress at the meeting on Friday to have a discussion in creating "a harmonious situation, whereby peace and harmony prevailed for the benefit of the citizens".

"They (the governor) are the mouthpiece of the BJP. The BJP has asked him to hold an all-party meeting and that is why it has been called," Banerjee told reporters. "He (Tripathi) had called me also. But I said I cannot go because you are the governor and I am the elected government. Above all, law and order is a state subject. It is not your subject," she said.

The governor could call people for a cup of tea or a peace meeting, the TMC supremo said, adding, "So I am sending a party representative there. He will go there, have a cup of tea and come back."

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Congress and CPM state heads Somen Mitra and Surya Kanta Mishra are scheduled to participate in the meeting at the Raj Bhavan.

Post-poll violence has been reported from various places of West Bengal after the BJP secured 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, just four less than the TMC's 22. Three men were killed in North 24 Parganas district's Sandeshkhali area on Saturday after clashes broke out between TMC and BJP workers.

Updated Date:

also read

Sharad Pawar's clout and craftiness ensure his continuing relevance, make him top candidate for prime position
Politics

Sharad Pawar's clout and craftiness ensure his continuing relevance, make him top candidate for prime position

The NCP leader is running the last lap of his political career. And we all know how important the last lap is in the 4x400m relay race

Mamata writes to PM again on proposed changes to IAS cadre rules, BJP hits back
India

Mamata writes to PM again on proposed changes to IAS cadre rules, BJP hits back

The West Bengal chief minister said that the proposed changes, if implemented, will 'irreparably damage the spirit of mutual accommodation between the Centre and the state'

'Profoundly shocked': Mamata writes to Modi over Centre rejecting Bengal’s R-Day parade tableau
India

'Profoundly shocked': Mamata writes to Modi over Centre rejecting Bengal’s R-Day parade tableau

The proposed tableau was set to commemorate the contributions of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his INA on his 125th birth anniversary year, the CM said