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Wrote PM thrice to withdraw Jagdeep Dhankhar as Governor: Mamata Banerjee

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kolkata: Amid ongoing political tussle between ruling state party and West Bengal governor, the Trinamool Congress chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on June 17 that she had written thrice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking Jagdeep Dhankhar’s withdrawal as the governor from the State.

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“What can I say? A child can be cajoled into silence. In this case, speech is silver; silence is golden,” she was quoted as saying by media.

The Bengal Governor Jagdeep has seemingly started a war against ruling government in Bengal, as he has been locked in a long-running feud with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over claims and counter-claims on post-poll violence in Bengal.

Mr Dhankhar recently reached Delhi on his 4-day trip to meet President Ram Nath Kovind and a battery of ministers, however, he has not specified any reason for this trip to the capital which comes a day ahead of Friday’s hearing on the post-poll violence in Bengal at the Supreme Court. Days after the elections, he had sent a report on the violence to the Centre.

On Wednesday, he met Union ministers Prahlad Joshi and Prahlad Singh Patel. Earlier on Thursday, he held a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He is also scheduled to meet Home Minister Amit Shah.

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The Governor’s visit to Delhi comes amid a longstanding and public feud between him and Ms Banerjee. It was preceded by another spat as the Governor tweeted his letter rebuking the Chief Minister over her handling of the violence.

The state government retaliated with a series of tweets, saying the abrupt, unilateral release of letter to the public is “shocking” and called its contents fabricated.

Asked about reports suggesting that the Governor might be removed, Ms Banerjee said she was not aware of any such development.

“How do I know? When a Governor is appointed, the state government is consulted. That, however, was not done in this case… I have written twice or thrice to the Prime Minister seeking his withdrawal from the state,” PTI quoted her as saying.

On Wednesday, Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress had accused the Governor of violating constitutional norms and requested him not to return to the state.

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The CPM’s Biman Bose had also slammed him, alleging that he functioned like a BJP mouthpiece.

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