Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar stated his workplace has been ignored for lengthy by the ruling dispensation and he would be pressured to act if the Constitution just isn’t protected.
- PTI Kolkata
- Last Updated: September 28, 2020, 6:34 PM IST
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Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday claimed that the TMC authorities has turned West Bengal into a “police state” and stated he would be pressured to “look at” Article 154 of the Constitution, as his workplace has been ignored for lengthy by the ruling dispensation. Article 154 of the Constitution mandates that the manager energy of the state shall be vested within the governor and shall be exercised by him both immediately or via officers subordinates to him.
Criticising DGP Virendra for “being irresponsible and callous” in his response to a letter, Dhankhar stated police personnel are working as “cadres” of the ruling TMC. “If the Constitution is not protected, I have to act. The office of the governor has been ignored for long. I will be forced to look at Article 154 of the Constitution,” he stated at a press meet right here. The governor additionally stated that “electronic surveillance by the TMC government” has pressured him to talk over WhatsApp voice calls.
“West Bengal has been turned into a police state…Police state and democracy cannot go hand in hand. Law and order has collapsed in the state. Maoist insurgency is raising its head. Terror modules are also operating from this state,” the governor added. Dhankhar, who has been at loggerheads with the TMC authorities ever since he assumed workplace in July 2019, had written to DGP Virendra earlier this month, expressing concern over the legislation and order within the state.
Following the DGP’s two-line reply, he had requested the state police chief to meet him by September 26. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a letter to the governor on September 26, urged him to “act within the mandates of the Constitution”, expressing anguish over his letter to the DGP.