West Bengal communal clashes: Pressing issues ignored as Mamata-Tripathi squabble in public

West Bengal Communal clashes: Mamata Banerjee claimed to be deeply hurt and labelled the Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi as someone who is speaking as ‘BJP Block president’. The Governor in a press release retorted that he had said nothing which was humiliating.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Updated: July 6, 2017 6:04 pm
West Bengal clashes, Baduria clashes, 24 Pargana district, Internet services suspended west bengal A burnt vehicle seen at a road after a communal riot at Baduria in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday.  (Source: PTI)

Unprecedented in the history of West Bengal, it seems an irreparable divide has taken place between the occupants of the two highest constitutional posts in the state — the Governor and the Chief Minister.

The breach of trust between the two came out in the open after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a press conference at the state secretariat, this week, and minced no words, saying Governor Kesari Nath Triptahi humiliated her during a telephone call. Since then the tit for tat has continued, with both writing to the President about the issue and making public statements.

The CM claimed to be deeply hurt and labelled the Governor as someone who is speaking as ‘BJP Block president’. The Governor in a press release retorted that he had said nothing which was humiliating.

This at a time when the state is faced with a fresh communal flare up, adding to a long list of incidents since Durga Puja last year. Following an objectionable post in the social media, there was communal trouble in the Bashirhat-Baduria areas in North 24 parganas district near the Indo- Bangladesh border Monday onwards. Despite the deployment of four companies of paramilitary forces and shutting down the internet in area, normalcy is still to be restored.

Meanwhile, the agitation in the hills of Darjeeling shows no signs of abating since it began on June 8 over the demand of a separate Gorkhaland state. Three persons were killed and many injured during the protests.

According to sources close with Mamata Banerjee, it was the words and the tone the Governor used when he called her up on July 5 that upset her. She claimed that she had ‘never been humiliated like this’ in her life and was ‘threatened’ by the Governor.

The Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi claims to have made the call to ensure ‘law and order’ immediately after a BJP and RSS delegation met with him at Raj Bhawan and highlighted the ‘grave’ nature of the situation in Bashirhat Baduria.

Trinamool Congress leaders have trained their guns on the Governor, even asking him to leave. The Governor on his part kept up the ante, issuing statements from his office, stating ‘this is an attempt to cover up the lapses of the state government and divert the attention from the main issue of law and order’.

Soon after the Governor stepped into Raj Bhawan in Kolkata (July 2014), he made sure he spoke his mind on different issues in the state, be it violence on the campus or communal flare ups. This has angered Trinamool Congress leaders and they have criticized him from time to time.

Opposition parties in the state, like the Congress and CPIM, have appealed for peace between the two. The BJP, on the other hand, has stood with the Governor and his stand on law and order.

In the tussle between the CM and the Governor, issues which need the urgent attention of the government are being ignored.

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  1. Partha Pratim Dutta
    Jul 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    Please be sensible. A small logic. God cannot be undermined by any person. One who is a believer of God knows well that any defamation of God can be well dealt with God Himself as He is omnipotent. He does not require us to stand for Him. Only non-believers think that God cannot take action for His own defamation. So non-believers take up the cudgel for Him. A small boy had done something wrong but can't it be forgiven. There is no Hindu State or Christian State in the world. Only there are Islamic State. What does it signify. I am sorry but this by itself will lead to a clash of civilizations because without logic there cannot be any peace if there is a tendency to convert the whole world into an Islamic State. Let us say that we don't want any theological State and logically there cannot be any blasphemy because defamation is a personal cause of action and God is most powerful to deal with blasphemy. We do not require to take up God's defamation for an action against Man.
    1. Harendra Pal Singh
      Jul 6, 2017 at 7:09 pm
      Atr 356 is the only answer to the prevailing situation
      1. A
        Jul 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm
        BJP started again to riots between hindu and Muslim before 2002 BJP was done in Gujarat and succeed it.but BJP don't know it is not Gujarat.
        1. T
          Jul 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm
          dear , bcz of d one particular minority appea t , india divide. you want it again. sry to say before u advise to other , first advise ur so called sikular and anti hindu mindset dear party and leader to stop appea t politics . Who responsible for illegal immigrant from bangladesh. A bigger region has divided and max people gone to bangladesh , then how come there is more than 35 minority from a particular community . how come they become 5 to 35 in just 50 yrs . if this thing continue then wait some yrs 4 another bangladesh, then that u will go with them and enjoy d siklar life there , like those gone to pak and bangladesh r enjoying now . so when u hv these ans then u give your kind suggestions
        2. C
          Jul 6, 2017 at 5:34 pm
          Hindus are afraid of growing Muslim ppulation and Muslims power. So Hindu are jumping here and there. West Bengal is not Hindu property.
          1. A
            Jul 6, 2017 at 5:53 pm
            it is also not muslium property..............
          2. S
            Jul 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm
            What CPM had done with political finesse Tamara is doing it in a crude and open manner. CPM used to patronise Muslims under the cover of their ideology which entrapped bhadrolok Hindus in this dangerous game of destruction of Hindus in West Bengal. The large scale infiltration of Muslims from Bangladesh into the border districts has distorted the demographic balance in these areas. This violence is premeditated to put Hindus living in these areas on notice.This provocation is as grave as could have been. Mamata must know if it took only a few months to uproot dangerously organised CPM from West Bengal it may also take a few months to uproot TMC. These rowdies who run TMC are not as much organised as the CPM cadres and they can be blown off if Police do not stand behind them.
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