Bengal guv 'stunned' as TMC MP claims arrests in Narada case made at his behest

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Kolkata, May 23 (PTI) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was left 'stunned' on Sunday as TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee launched a tirade against him, claiming that it was at his behest the three TMC leaders and a former city mayor were arrested in the Narada sting operation case.

Dhankhar, without countering the allegation, said he would leave the matter to the discretion of Bengal people.

The governor had on May 7 sanctioned prosecution of ministers Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee on a request by the CBI, which is probing the sting operation that had purportedly caught on camera politicians accepting bribes.

All four of them, arrested by the central agency amid high drama on May 17, were state ministers at the time of the alleged commission of crime.

Banerjee told reporters in Hooghly district, 'The governor is hounding the Trinamool Congress from morning to evening. He played an instrumental role in the arrest of the four leaders.' He urged people to lodge complaints against the governor at police stations.

'I know about the constitutional provision that says no criminal proceeding can be initiated against the governor, but I will request each and everyone to lodge police complaints in areas where the governor is found provoking crimes, violence and religious divide,' Banerjee said.

The TMC MP further said that the cases filed against him 'can be taken up' for legal action, as and when Dhankhar ceases to be the governor.

Dhankhar had recently visited post-poll-violence- affected areas in Cooch Behar and Nandigram, and accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of remaining 'silent when there was bloodshed'.

The CM, on the other hand, wrote to him stating that his visit violated established norms, as he did not consult well with the state government.

The TMC further claimed that the governor acted in a 'partisan manner' and only met BJP workers and their families during his visit.

Addressing Banerjee as a senior functionary of the TMC, a parliamentarian and an advocate, Dhankhar, during the day, tweeted, 'Just stunned but leave the matter to sound discretion of cultured people of West Bengal and media.' Banerjee, in a veiled dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also said during his interaction with mediapersons that 'tears won't help an incompetent person retain power as he has failed to handle the COVID-19 situation'.

'Majority of Indians are waiting for the dawn of the country's second Independence Day in 2024,' he added.

Modi was visibly emotional on Friday as he spoke about people who lost their lives due to COVID-19 during a video conference with health workers.

The next general election in the country is scheduled to be held in 2024. PTI AMR RMS RMS

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