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Bengal Governor visiting Cooch Behar to disrupt peace: TMC


Kolkata, May 12: Ruling Trinamool Congress hit out at West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today for his decision to visit areas affected by violence after the announcement of the state assembly poll result.
The party said the Governor is behaving in a manner "unbecoming" of one holding the gubernatorial post.

Trinamool MP Kalyan Bandyopadhyay said that he did not know if a governor can conduct himself in such a way.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

"Being a lawyer I cannot recall any another instance of a governor behaving in such a manner. It is unbecoming of one who holds the gubernatorial post. I think it is aimed at influencing the judiciary as a case is being heard in Calcutta High Court," he said.

The high court is hearing a case on post poll violence in the state. A plea had been filed by lawyer petitioner Anindya Sundar Das, who raised the issue of violence taking place in various parts of the state after the state assembly elections in which the Trinamool Congress won over BJP.

Mr Dhankhar, who had been expressing concern about post-poll violence in Bengal in his tweets since May 3, the day after the declaration of the poll result, said on Tuesday that he will visit areas affected by post-poll violence in Cooch Behar district on Thursday, May 13.

"Governor... will be leaving Kolkata by BSF Helicopter on May 13 to visit post poll unprecedented violence affected areas @MamataOfficial #Sitalkuchi and other places in Coochbehar to connect with sufferers," he tweeted.

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State minister Rabindranath Ghosh, from the north Bengal district, said: "Dhankhar is coming to disrupt the peaceful situation in Coochbehar."

Countering Trinamool charges, BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya wondered why would TMC object if the governor visits a place rocked by political violence and he wants to be on the side of the affected people.

"They (TMC) have got the mandate of people. Then why are they upset if the governor of the state wants to met the people? Are the injured and affected in political violence not residents of Bengal?" he asked.

Mr Dhankhar had said on Monday that he will visit the violence-affected areas of West Bengal to take stock of the situation.

He also said that despite asking the state government to make arrangements for his visit, there was no response from the administration.

At least 16 people were killed in post-poll violence in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said on May 6.

Meanwhile, a Trinamool activist injured in a clash with the BJP on May 4 at Nanoor in Birbhum district, died at a Kolkata hospital on Tuesday, party sources said.

While Trinamool alleged that the victim Shyamal Das had been brutally attacked by BJP, the saffron party claimed that Trinamool men were beaten up by villagers when they tried to unleash terror in the area. "Any death is unfortunate and BJP is in no way involved in his death," a district BJP leader said.

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