At loggerheads with the state government, former state election commissioner Mira Pande and former state human rights commissioner Justice (retd) Ashok Ganguly were on Wednesday seen at the state Congress headquarters in Kolkata, paying tribute to former chief minister Dr BC Roy on his birthday.
Senior Congress leader Somen Mitra, who was present at the occasion, said the presence of Pande and Justice Ganguly sent a strong message to the Trinamool Congress government. “Their presence is good enough to send the right signal to the state government,” he claimed.
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Both Pande and Ganguly, however, kept their speeches limited to paying tribute to Dr Roy and did not tread into any political issues.
Pande, during the 2013 panchayat elections in the state, had refused to follow to the state government’s diktats regarding when the polls should be held and taken her fight to the high court and later to the Supreme Court.
Justice Ganguly too, during his tenure, had criticised the state government whenever there was an incident of human rights violation. After stepping down from the post, he had set up a forum for people who had been deprived of their rights and were “victims of state atrocities”.