BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took a dig at chief minister Mamata Banerjee and urged her to end “lockdown with Raj Bhawan”. He also referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs warnings over violation of coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown measures in various areas in the state in a series of tweets.
He said the country is currently in combat mode against coronavirus pandemic and its time for everyone to join hands and defeat the deadly virus.
“Urge CM Mamata Banerjee to end Lockdown with Raj Bhawan. We are in combat mode coronavirus pandemic and must act in togetherness in State interest. MHA warnings must lead to correctional approach. Officials be held accountable for lapses,” the Governor tweeted.
Urge @MamataOfficial to end Lockdown with Raj Bhawan.
We are in combat mode #CoronaPandemic and must act in togetherness in State interest.
MHA warnings must lead to correctional approach.
Officials be held accountable for lapses #SocialDistancing and religious congregations.
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 13, 2020
Meanwhile, the Governor today share a video on Twitter where he is seen paying tribute to Dr B R Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. In the video he urged Mamata to end lockdown with him in the interest of the state.
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 14, 2020
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 12, 2020
During an interview with The Print, Dhankhar said he had not been briefed even once by the chief minister, which, according to him, is “unprecedented”.
“Despite several requests and efforts made by my office to get in touch with the chief minister, Raj Bhavan remained ignored,” he said, adding the “lockdown” between Raj Bhavan and Nabanna (state secretariat) must end during this fight against a pandemic.
“In West Bengal, we have a peculiar situation. I am surprised and shocked that no input was made available to my office,” Dhankhar said. “After several communications, the state’s chief secretary met me and gave me some useful inputs.”
Taking a jibe at the state government, he urged the chief minister “to not indulge in theatrics now”.
“I would appeal to the chief minister that this is not time for anyone — for the government or political party to engage in theatrics. It is time for her to adhere to the essence of the Indian Constitution and brief me,” he said. “I have shared several other issues with the chief secretary and he must have briefed her. It is time to bring an end to the lockdown between the chief minister and the Governor.”
On April 8, Dhankhar did meet state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha, who briefed him about Bengal’s COVID-19 situation at the Raj Bhavan. The Governor even tweeted about the “over two and a half hours on COVID 19”.
Had the benefit of exhaustive briefing for over two and a half hours on COVID 19 by Chief Secretary @MamataOfficial. Traversed various facets of pro active steps taken by the State Government in its endeavor to contain and combat #coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/igbctScPRt
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 8, 2020