WB Guv-Govt tussle reaches Parliament

Kolkata, Nov 18 (PTI) The tussle between West BengalGovernor Jagdeep Dhankhar and the state government reached theParliament Monday when TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Royraised the issue of the governor 'exceeding his brief' andtrying to run a parallel administration in the state.

The development comes a day after the TMCParliamentary Party led by MP Sudip Bandopadhyay complained toUnion Home Minister Amit Shah about the role played byDhankhar.

Roy told a Bengali news channel that he had spoken inthe Rajya Sabha of 'how the governor is doing politics and isexceeding his brief on a regular basis'.

'The governor is exceeding his brief on a regularbasis. He is trying to run a parallel administration inBengal. What the governor is doing does not behove him as heis ocuppying a constitutional post. If he wants to dopolitics, he is free to do so. But then he should leave RajBhawan and openly do politics. I have raised the matter inParliament,' Roy told the news channel.

Bandopadhyay, who met Shah during the all partymeeting in New Delhi on Sunday, said 'The governor is runninga parallel administration in the state. This is againstparliamentary democracy. We have told the union home ministerto summon the governor and give him proper guidance.

Dhankhar said the allegations against him are'completely baseless' and wondered which department of thegovernment he has been running.

On Roy's statement in the floor of Parliament,Dhankhar said a parliamentarian is free to speak on its floor.

'I myself have been a parliamentary affairs minister.

So I think a parliamentarian has every right to speak on thefloor of the house. He is free to express his views. I havenothing to comment on it,' Dhankhar told reporters whileaddressing a programme at Siliguri.

Countering Bandopadhyay's statement, Dhankhar saidneither the government officials nor the chief secretaryreport to him.

'Despite asking the chief secretary to meet me, hedidn't have time in last three months to do so. So itis ridiculous to accuse me of trying to run a parallelgovernment.' the West Bengal governor said.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh mocked TMC forraising the issue of government-governor tussle in Parliamentand wondered whether the TMC MPs have mentioned the'adjectives' that they had used against Dhankhar to demeanhim.

'I want to ask TMC MPs whether they had mentioned thekind of words they had used against the governor to insult anddemean him. Charity always begins at home - first they (TMC)should look to rectifying their misdeeds and thenblame others,' Ghosh, an MP, said.

The verbal spat between the Trinamool Congressgovernment and the governor started soon after he assumedoffice in July end.

The two sides have been locked in a war of words in anumber of issues -- ranging from Dhankhar's seating at theDurga Puja carnival to comments on his security since herushed to Jadavpur University on September 19 to 'rescue'Union minister Babul Supriyo, who had been gheraoed by asection of students.

The latest issue was the state government's refusal toprovide the helicopter sought by Dhankhar to travel toMurshidabad for a programme and return to the city on Friday.

Dhankar attempted to convene administrative meetingsin several places but it evoked only lukewarm response frominvitees, who were state government officials.

He repeatedly countered by saying that what he wasdoing was well within his constitutional limits and he waswell aware of it. PTI PNTKK KK