West Bengal’s ruling TMC Wednesday intensified its warfare of attrition with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, demanding his recall for “transgressing constitutional limits”.
An indignant Dhankhar shot again, claiming free and honest elections should not held within the state and that it’s his responsibility to guarantee folks train their franchise with out concern.
A group of TMC MPs has despatched a letter to the President on Tuesday itemizing “all such transgressions” by Dhankhar in latest instances and urged him to take motion as per Article 156, Clause 1 of the Constitution, the celebration’s Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy advised reporters right here.
“The governor holds office during the pleasure of the President as per Article 156, Clause 1. We have urged the President to withdraw the pleasure, which translates into removing this governor,” Roy mentioned.
The related article of the Constitution relates to a state governor holding workplace so long as the President doesn’t withdraw the “pleasure”.
“We have noticed that since he arrived in the state in July last year, he has been regularly tweeting, holding press meets and participating in TV discussions, where he is regularly passing comments on the functioning of the state government, our officers, ministers, the chief minister, even once on the conduct of the speaker of the assembly. Every such action is violative of his constitutional rights,” Roy mentioned.
Alleging that Dhankhar has been making such statements within the public on the behest of the BJP-led authorities on the Centre to embarrass the TMC authorities within the state, Roy mentioned, “This had never happened earlier in the 75-year-long history of West Bengal. If he has to say anything, he can communicate that in the way as provided to him by the Constitution, not by tweeting or holding press meets.” Dhankhar, who has been locked in a seemingly interminable battle with the Mamata Banerjee authorities, shot again, asserting his responsibility is to be certain that folks get the chance to train their franchise with out concern.
“Free and fair elections without fear are not held (in the state),” Dhankhar advised reporters throughout a go to to a temple within the western half of town.
The governor mentioned it doesn’t concern him for whom the folks vote, however it’s his responsibility to ensure that they get to train their franchise with none intimidation.
He additionally urged the federal government equipment to be impartial through the West Bengal Assembly elections seemingly in April- May subsequent 12 months.
Dhankhar has usually accused the state’s civil and police administration of succumbing to the strain exerted by the Mamata Banerjee authorities.
Roy cited Dhankhar’s assertion seeking expenditure particulars of the Bengal Business Summit, his demand for an apology from the chief minister over some of her latest feedback and his “threat to 25 IPS officers” as cases of the governor “violating his rights and limitations”.
“He has also said it is his duty to ensure free and fair polls. Who is he? It is the domain of the Election Commission. Similarly, only the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) has the authority to seek details of the expenses of state-organised events like the Bengal Business Summit,” Roy mentioned.
“A constitutional head chosen by the Centre cannot interfere in the functioning of the state in this way. It is akin to interference in the parliamentary system. He is intentionally doing these things. He is not fit to occupy the seat of the governor which he has been occupying,” Roy mentioned.
Reacting to the event, BJP nationwide basic secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya mentioned the governor is performing his constitutional responsibility as he finds that the state authorities will not be performing its features correctly on sure parameters.
“I don’t think the TMC’s action of moving the President for the removal of the governor will have any impact. The President will go by his own understanding of the governor’s role,” he advised reporters.
“The governor is acting within the constitutional parameters as the head of the state. The TMC is doing this as it is scared,” the senior BJP chief added.