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TMC Writes to Prez Against Governor Tripathi; 48-Hour Curfew in Bengal's Baduria

Expressing its displeasure over Governor KN Tripathi's 'misbehaviour' with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and deteriorating law-and-order situation at North 24-Parganas's Baduria, Trinamool Congress on Wednesday sent a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged them to look into the issues with upmost priority.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:July 5, 2017, 6:25 PM IST
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TMC Writes to Prez Against Governor Tripathi; 48-Hour Curfew in Bengal's Baduria
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Image: PTI)
Kolkata: Taking a strong note against Governor KN Tripathi for 'threatening' West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress on Wednesday sent a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to look into the matter with upmost priority.

TMC General Secretary Pratha Chatterjee, said, "In our letter, we have protested the way Governor spoke to our chief minister on Tuesday and threatened over the current law-and-order issue at Baduria in North 24-Parganas."

"It is unfortunate that he (Governor) crossed his constitutional limit and misbehaved with our chief minister. We are not going to tolerate this and want an explanation from the union home minister. We have also requested our president to intervene in the matter," he said.

Party MP Derek O'Brien posted on Facebook: "It's time for the Governor to go. Bengal Governor sounding like RSS Sakha Pramukh, time for him to go."

In the morning, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a word with the Chief Secretary of the state and asked him to take all necessary arrangements to maintain law and order situation in the disturbed area.

"A 48-hour curfew was imposed in Baduria and its adjoining areas. A large number of paramilitary forces were deployed in all the sensitive villages. People were asked not indulged in any violence or the jawans will be forced to take stern action against them," a senior police official said.

On Tuesday, Governor Tripathi called up Mamata after a team of BJP and RSS leaders reached Raj Bhawan and protested that she is siding with Muslims for her political interest in Baduria. The team also showed the Governor a video clip of Muslim protesters at Badhuria who were heard raising slogans against the Hindu community.

Soon after the telephonic spat with the Governor, Mamata called up a press conference and alleged that she was "threatened" by the Governor who spoke like a "BJP block president".

"I felt humiliated the way he spoke to me. The Governor spoke like a BJP block president. Sorry to say, I am not going to listen to such language. I have never been humiliated in this manner in my entire life... I felt like resigning after the manner in which he spoke with me," said Mamata.

However, a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan rubbished Mamata's charges that she was humiliated by the Governor. "West Bengal Hon’ble Governor K N Tripathi is surprised at the attitude and language used by the Hon'ble Chief Minister during the press conference. There was nothing in his talks for which she felt insulted, threatened or humiliated. The talks between the Hon'ble Chief Minister and the Hon'ble Governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it."

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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