Claiming that he was sidelined at a Durga Puja event on October 11 at the Red Road in Kolkata, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar Tuesday said that he felt “insulted and deeply pained” by the treatment meted out to him.
Adding that the ruling TMC government in the state had “blacked out the first servant,” the governor alleged that he was made to sit on a separate stage during the programme which went on for hours.
Speaking with mediapersons at a programme at National Library in Kolkata, Dhankar said, “Why was such treatment meted out to me? For four hours I was there, not for a second was I shown. The first servant was blacked out. You cannot have that kind of intolerance.”
“Someone called me and said this was like censorship during an emergency. The Governor was put in a place where he could not see a single live programme without being blocked by 20 to 25 people,” Dhankar said.
Trinamool Congress, however, has dubbed his comments as “unbecoming and unfortunate.”
“It is unfortunate that he made such a comment. I was there and what I saw was that a separate stage was dedicated to the Governor of West Bengal. His statements are unbecoming of the high position he holds,” said Tapas Roy, Legislative party leader of Trinamool Congress in the assembly.
BJP, however, stood with the governor and stated that intolerance is spreading under TMC rule. Trinamool Congress rule. “Governor’s statement shows that an emergency is going on in West Bengal. There is no respect for constitutional positions. Intolerance is speaking in the state,” said Sayantan Basu, state BJP secretary.
This is not the first time that Dhankhar has been involved in a faceoff with the Mamata Banerjee-led government, which had earlier accused him of being “politically biased.” The ruling party has been unhappy with the Governor after he went to escort Union minister Babul Supriyo who was gheraoed by Left students’ union at Jadavpur University.