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“Vacant Seat Speaks Volumes”: Bengal Governor Hits Out At Mamata Banerjee

Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted a photograph, attacking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.


West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has apparently taken nice offence after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday skipped a standard tea get together at Raj Bhawan to have fun the 74th Independence Day. In a sequence of tweets, he mentioned he was “startled and stunned” by the absence of Chief Minister, including the “vacant seat speaks volumes”. 

After hoisting the nationwide flag on Red Road, Kolkata, at an abbreviated 25-minute ceremony on Saturday morning, the Chief Minister had known as on Governor Dhankar at about 10:40 AM together with senior most officers of her authorities. It was an unscheduled go to, which lasted for about 90 minutes, and, in response to sources, was “extremely cordial”.

However, clearly, the Governor was not mollified by the go to.

A few hours after the “at-home” tea get together at Raj Bhavan, the Governor tweeted a photograph of the banquet corridor through which a visitor, Mrs Dhankar and the Governor may be seen sitting on purple velvet coated high-backed, ceremonial chairs. But on the Governor’s proper is a vacant chair that has a label caught on it, which reads “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee”.

In the tweet, the Governor mentioned, “The vacant seat meant for CM at celebration of Independence Day at Raj Bhavan speaks volumes, has created an unwholesome situation that is not in sync with the rich culture and ethos of WB. There is just no rationale for this unbecoming stance. (sic).”

There is only one of 4 tweets the Governor put out one after the opposite.

“The absence of CM and officials on occasion of Independence Day celebration at Raj Bhavan has, like many, startled and stunned me. we need to rise to occasion as respect to freedom fighters who gave their all to secure for us freedom and democracy. I am at a loss of words,” one of many posts learn.

According to sources, the state authorities was upset that the Governor was inviting many individuals for the tea get together. Amid the COVID-19 disaster, there was a normal understanding that enormous gatherings ought to be prevented.

Reports in a Bengali day by day newspaper Friday morning claiming that Raj Bhavan had invited as many as 90 visitors made up the Chief minister’s thoughts to not attend.

Whether she conveyed that to the Governor will not be clear. While popping out from Raj Bhawan on Saturday morning, Ms Banerjee instructed the media ready exterior that she had are available, met Mr Dhankar within the morning as a result of she wouldn’t be capable to come for his night occasion. She made no point out of the variety of visitors.

According to sources, normally as many as 300 to 400 visitors are invited to the Independence Day tea get together yearly.

But this time, after a lot deliberations, round 50 invites have been despatched out. Around 35 attended. Distance was maintained between visitors who have been seated within the banquet corridor. The Governor spent about 45 minutes with them and the tea get together wrapped up somewhat after 6:00 p.m.

Two hours later, the Governor posted a sequence of tweets, once more triggering hypothesis in regards to the worsening ties between him and the Chief Minister.

Mamata Banerjee and Mr Dhankar have had many run-ins in latest months with the Governor questioning the COVID-19 response within the state, the dealing with of the submit Cyclone Amphan disaster in addition to political violence.

At her latest assembly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video convention when the Prime Minister – through video convention – mentioned the outbreak with a number of Chief Ministers of a number of states, Ms Banerjee, with out naming the Governor, had been vital of his rule.

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