Tripura CM Manik Sarkar refuses to meet Governor Tathagat Ray
Last week too, the Governor had called the Chief Minister for a meeting. The need to call for another meeting so soon was enough to irk Sarkar, who then asked the DGP and chief secretary not to attend it.
The Governor and Chief Minister of Tripura are officially up against each other.
What led to this was a recent meeting called by the Governor, Tathagata Roy who invited the chief secretary and director general of police to the Raj Bhawan to discuss a few issues which were already discussed by him in a previous meeting with the Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar.
Only last week, the governor had also called CM Manik Sarkar for a meeting. The need to call for another meeting so soon was enough to put Sarkar off, who then asked the DGP and CS not to attend the meeting.
According to sources, Roy had more unanswered queries for which he had called the officials for another meeting.
At the meeting, Roy wanted to discuss the killing of BJP supporters in the state. He also wanted to get more details on the BJP-CPI (M) clash that took place in Bishalgarh.
State BJP leaders allege that Sarkar feared the possibility of CS and DGP mentioning certain things in the meeting which might be used against the state government, so he tried to stop the meeting.
He in fact said that since he, as a Chief Minister, already met the Roy, there was no need for CS and DGP to meet him as well.
Though Communist Party of India (Marxist) has been opposing Roy ever since his tenure began, this is for the first time that the state government has directly gone for an open confrontation with the governor.
Reportedly, Roy also briefed the Union home ministry about this incident.
This growing stand-off between Tripura's CM and Governor has come at a time when the Assembly elections are only a month away.
"It shows his frustration and anger. He barred Sanjib Ranjan, the chief secretary and AK Sukla, director general of police from calling on the Governor at Raj Bhavan recently. So far, this is a rare instance in Tripura," said Sunil Deodhar, state in charge and national executive member of BJP.
He added, "If Manik Sarkar does not have anything to hide, then why the undemocratic and authoritarian attitude? It clearly violates the constitutional provisions and protocol."
With this ongoing battle between Tripura's Chief Minister and Governor, the upcoming state assembly elections will surely be one to watch out for.
(With inputs from Prabir Das)