Tribune News Service
Kolkata, December 31
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar bade adieu to 2020, characteristically, by spewing venom against the Mamata Banerjee-led regime.
Oblivious to the memorandum submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs on Tuesday demanding his removal from the post of the Governor, Dhankhar’s New Year Message for 2021 is loaded with vitriolic charges against the state government, of which he is the nominal head.
Starting his New Year message by wishing people a “very happy and joyous news year”, Dhankhar lost no time in firing the first salvo against the state government and immediately touched upon the controversial issue of delay in the restoration of normal life in Kolkata after it was hit by cyclone Amphan in May.
“Kolkata saw those horrifying 10 days of the collapse of municipal services and administration paralysis, and the state suffered in varied ways despite precise IMD prediction that reflects great strides made by the Indian scientists. Help came from the NDRF, the Indian Army and the Odisha Fire Services in restoring municipal services of the city, which was crippled for days in the aftermath of Amphan,” the New Year message by the Governor stated.
Without mentioning her name, the Governor pulled up Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her frequent outbursts against “outsiders” to counter the challenge posed by BJP against her in West Bengal.
“Pray uniqueness and rich legacy of Bharat permeates and flourishes in the state. The oneness of the nation reflected in the Preamble of our Constitution. ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ must guide all those who misguidedly engage in divisive refrain of outsider,” the message by Dhankhar said.
Hinting at the electoral violence by the ruling TMC in the panchayat elections held in West Bengal in 2018, Dhankhar prayed for violence-free Assembly general elections in the state in 2021 “with politically neutral stance of police and administration”.
In his tweets, correspondence with the state government that has been made public by him and in press interactions, the Governor has often expressed concern about the politicisation of police and administration in West Bengal.
Dhankhar’s wish list for 2021 also included people enjoying human rights and freedom and the state administration becoming “transparent and accountable”.