KOLKATA: West Bengal’s ruling TMC Wednesday intensified its battle of attrition with governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, demanding his recall for “transgressing constitutional limits”.
An indignant Dhankhar shot back, claiming free and truthful elections will not be held within the state and that it’s his responsibility to make sure folks train their franchise with out worry.
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 informed 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 stated.
The related article of the Constitution pertains 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 stated.
Dhankhar, who has been locked in a seemingly interminable battle with the Mamata Banerjee authorities, shot back, asserting his responsibility is to make sure that folks get the chance to train their franchise with out worry.
“Free and fair elections without fear are not held (in the state),” Dhankhar informed reporters throughout a go to to a temple within the western half of the town.
The governor stated it doesn’t concern him for whom the folks vote, however it’s his responsibility to be sure 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 probably in April- May subsequent 12 months.
Roy cited Dhankhar’s assertion looking for 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 stated.
“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 stated.
Reacting to the event, BJP nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya stated the governor is performing his constitutional responsibility as he finds that the state authorities isn’t performing its capabilities 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 informed reporters.