West Bengal: After communal violence, war of words between Mamata Banerjee and Keshari Nath Tripathi

"The way he spoke taking the side of BJP, I felt insulted. I have told him that he cannot talk like this," Banerjee said

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Updated: July 4, 2017 10:59 pm
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The communal violence that broke out in West Bengal over a Facebook post has led to a war of words between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Addressing media after his telephonic conversation with Tripathi over the violence in North 24 Parganas district, Banerjee accused the latter of insulting and threatening her. She also said that the governor was acting like a “BJP block president”.

“He (Governor) threatened me over phone. The way he spoke taking the side of BJP, I felt insulted. I have told him that he cannot talk like this,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat.

“He (the governor) is behaving like a block president of BJP. He should understand that he has been nominated to the post…,” she said. “He talked big on law and order. I am not here at the mercy of anyone. The way he spoke to me, I once thought of leaving (the chair).”

Tripathi, however, rejected her charges saying “there was nothing in the talks for Mamata Banerjee to have felt insulted, threatened or humiliated”. He also said that a governor cannot remain a mute spectator to the affairs in the state.

Tripathi defended himself against the allegation levelled by the chief minister through a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan. “The Hon’ble Governor is surprised at the attitude and language used by the Hon’ble Chief Minister during the Press conference today. The talks between the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Hon’ble Governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it,” the statement said.

It said that the Governor asked the chief minister to ensure peace and law and order by all means. “The Hon’ble Governor always holds the persons, who occupy the Constitutional positions, in high esteem,” it added.

The statement said that Governor, being the head of the state, is the guardian of all the citizens and not of any particular party or section of society. It said that it was proper for the Governor to bring to the notice of the chief minister any serious grievance made by any member of public or any serious event happening in the state. “The Hon’ble Governor cannot remain a mute spectator to the affairs in the State,” it said.

State BJP President Dilip Ghosh wondered why the chief minister felt insulted when the Governor inquired about an incident. “Can’t the Governor ask her why the incident has happened. If the Governor asked her about it, where is the question of her being insulted,” he said.

Earlier, communal violence broke out in North 24 Parganas district, prompting the Centre to rush 300 paramilitary personnel. According to Banerjee the clashes between members of two communities have broken out in Baduria in Basirhat sub-division of the district over the “objectionable” post. According to PTI sources, the clashes were triggered last evening over an “objectionable” Facebook post about a holy site.

The BJP, meanwhile, alleged that over 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and its offices at several places were set on fire.

Accusing the state police of failing to control the situation, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in charge of the state, urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene in the matter. Vijayvargiya blamed Muslims for the violence in his letter to Singh.

-PTI inputs

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  1. B
    Jul 5, 2017 at 6:33 am
    1000 years ago, All on Bengal and Bangladesh , was Hindus and Buddhists. Today , Hindus and Buddhists have been virtually wiped out of Bangladesh , which is carved out of Bengal for muslims pledging loyalty to a arabic ideology, and are being attacked in what is left of Bengal and Bengali Hindus. Sad. Very sad. This is result of not standing up to repression and invasion.
    1. V
      Jul 5, 2017 at 6:27 am
      Mamta govt is a. Pro Muslim govt, where Muslim goondas are killing Hindus under TMC protection, but the sickular goondas at IE are blind. These namakharams wake up only if a Muslim is killed. Sickulars goondas are worst than even k a t u a s.
      1. A
        Jul 5, 2017 at 6:10 am
        "Jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East and a Christian North Africa. Soon it was the fate of the Persian Zoroastrian and the Hindu to be the victims of jihad. The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire). Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest. Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed. The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great's army in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists died. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. Zoroastrianism was eliminated from Persia. The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 year
        1. A
          Jul 5, 2017 at 6:05 am
          Whereas Islam began with killing of unbelievers right from the start. For the first century of its existence, Islam was absolutely soaked in blood. The killing only slowed down as the Islamic empire finally ran into boundaries in the 8th century, after about a century of expansionist, imperialist, unprovoked Islamic aggression. Even after the initial expansion slowed, the killings did not end. Slaughter (jihad) and oppression (sharia) are part of the core doctrines of Islam. Killing for Islam is not a modern idea, and it will never end until some sort of reformation takes place within the religion. Medieval Christianity was equally violent.
          1. H
            Jul 5, 2017 at 5:41 am
            BJP has failed to deliver its election promises and is bringing disaster for whole country. All policies of BJP are causing immense harm to the country so it want to hide behind communal Riots and is desperately to incite communal riots with mob Lynchings all over the country and targeting TMC only because BJP cannot win election on issues. Whatever BJP has done is only harming the country. BJP is hiding its failures behing Triple Talaq, Notbandi, GST, and Mob Lynchings. Before 2019 Elections BJP wants communal Riots all over the country because it has failed on Development and every other issue. The real motive is to break apart the country that why BJP is secretly supporting Ghor nd Terrorists and Gau Rakshak/Bjarang Dal/VHP Terrorists.
            1. S
              Jul 5, 2017 at 5:37 am
              Mamta must go! She has been behaving and accusing all without reason! Who the thinks she is? She will run away when questions are asked by young generation and all her cronics hide behind her. Sh should thrown out by her electrorates.
              1. G
                George Cruz
                Jul 5, 2017 at 5:27 am
                The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders like Mamata Banerjee has courted millions of illiterate Muslims for vote bank politics, and now she is witnessing the atrocities the Muslims can inflict on the peaceful Hindu communities. It is just like feeding milk to poisonous snakes which could bite back anytime. Another incompetent TMC leader, Derek o'Brain a Anglo Christian who is anti Hindu to the core, anti BJP, anti RSS/VHP is responsible for instigating the recent communal riots for demonizing the BJP and destabilizing India.
                1. J
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 5:45 am
                  Peaceful like Mob Lynchers, and inciting riots with desecration of holy book before Punjab Election in Punjab and now provoking by posting images to provoke the entire community.
                2. A
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 4:53 am
                  Governor an unelected guy threatening CM like Bajrang Dal and Gau Rakshaks is insult to democracy. They have destroyed the country economic with Notebandi Fraud and now destroying the consi ution. These Chaddi Gang Bhakts must respect cons ution otherwise their fake may be not different than Saddam and Gadafi sooner or later.
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