Eastern Times, Kolkata: The demand for removal of the Governor is not a new phenomenon in West Bengal politics which has risen again only recently. The Trinamool Congress parliamentary party has sent a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking the removal of Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, saying he is not following constitutional norms.
Trinamool MP and All India Trinamool Congress spokesperson Sukhendu Shekhar Roy told a press conference at Trinamool Bhawan on Wednesday about the party’s position on the governor.
TMC has requested the President to withdraw his consent under Article 156 (1) of the Constitution. The MPs claimed that a memorandum from the Trinamool Congress had been received on behalf of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sukhendu Shekhar Roy said in an eight-page memorandum that Mr. Dhankar had violated the constitutional boundaries and disobeyed the Supreme Court directives and therefore demanded his removal. Derek O’Brien, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Kalyan Bandyopadhyay, Kakli Ghoshdastidar and Sukhendu Shekhar Roy who had signed the memorandum alleged that Mr. Dhankar has not been cooperating with the state government since he took office adding that he has criticised the state cabinet on twitter from time to time.
Moreover, he has asked the Chief Minister to apologise publicly criticised the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
“From the seat of highest constitutional office in the State, Hon’ble Governor Dhankhar has been inducing divisive politics, just because ruling parties at the Centre and State are political opponents,” the memorandum stated.
Starting from law and order, tackling the covid situation, the Durga puja parade to the democratic environment of the state, Dhankar has been criticising the state government on all these issues.
In addition to blaming the Chief Minister and state government for the current state of affairs in Bengal, the governor has also accused the state administration of negligence of the recent attack on BJP president JP Naddar’s convoy.
All in all, TMC accused that the governor has crossed the line of the Constitution and he is working for the BJP. Despite being the constitutional head of West Bengal, TMC alleged that the governor’s role is politically motivated.
Trinamool claimed that according to the constitution, the governor can only perform his duties through the state government. Although he can convey his objections to the state government, he has no right to comment publicly.
But using his constitutional immunity, he is constantly criticising the government. Sometimes the governor is also giving signs of warning to the police which is rare.