BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The letter war between Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis continues.
A deay after the chief minister despatched an angry missive to Raj Bhavan reminding the Governor that he as “nominated” and she was an “elected” representative, Dhankhar has accused Mamata Banerjee of trying to cover up “monumental failures” and a series of blunders by in the second instalment of his two-letter retort to the CM.
On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee wrote a five-page letter reminding the Governor that she was elected head of state and he was only nominated. She also accused him of “”epeatedly interfering” in the functioning of her government.
In his response, Jagdeep Dhankhar has sent the Chief Minister a 14-page letter with 35 points. He has attacked Mamata Banerjee for what he calls her diversionary tactics, appeasement politics, for her law unto oneself mode.
At the very end of that stinging note, the Governor tells the Chief Minister she has a friend at Raj Bhavan (the Governor’s House).
Initial Response @MamataOfficial. Final one tomorrow. People need to know all. State and people cannot be made to suffer at the hands of those who compromise constitutional prescriptions. None is above Law. pic.twitter.com/FA3jIFpipy
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 23, 2020
Dhankhar said Banerjee’s outburst was an “alibi strategy” to cover up her failure in tackling the coronavirus pandemic in the state. Asking the Trinamool Congress leader “to shun politics and her confrontational approach”, the Governor said her conduct was only compounding the miseries of the people of Bengal.
“Your appeasement of the minority community was so explicit and awkward on the Nizamuddin Markaz incident. This is most unfortunate and cannot be appreciated,” he said, referring to an event where Banerjee was asked to comment on the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi in March which emerged as a super-spreader or COVID-19 not just in the capital but in several other states.
Sent response @MamataOfficial to her communication.
Hope good sense prevails now and all move in togetherness to deal with the challenges state is facing so that people in deep distress get some solace.
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 24, 2020