West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to withdraw the “unconstitutional statement declaring jihad” towards the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The assertion got here a day after Banerjee had mentioned at an Asansol rally in Bangla that July 21 needs to be declared as a day of jihad against the BJP, India Today reported.
The Trinamool Congress marks July 21 as martyrs’ day each yr in reminiscence of 13 Youth Congress staff who had been killed allegedly in police firing throughout a rally in 1993, NDTV reported.
Ten BJP leaders had requested Dhankhar for constitutional intervention towards Banerjee’s assertion.
On Wednesday, the governor mentioned that the chief minister’s feedback was the “death knell” of democracy.
“The statement, revealed in the video, is most unfortunate and indicates constitutional anarchy,” Dhankhar mentioned. “It defies logic and reasons as to how one under the Oath of Constitution and holding the position of chief minister could make such pernicious declaration of ‘jihad’ against a political party.”
The Oxford dictionary defines jihad as “[in Islam] a spiritual struggle within yourself to stop yourself from breaking religious or moral laws” or “a holy war fought by Muslims to defend Islam”.
Dhankhar mentioned that the governance within the state has been distanced from the Constitution and the legislation.
“I cannot but take [the] strongest possible exception to your [Banerjee’s] statement,” he mentioned. “To subserve democratic values and constitutionalism, you are urged to forthwith withdraw this most unconstitutional declaration of ‘jihad’ against the BJP on 21 July, 2022.”
Since 2019, when Dhankhar took over because the governor of West Bengal, he and Banerjee have been at loggerheads on a number of issues.
Dhankhar has been a vocal critic of the Mamata Banerjee authorities. On her half, Banerjee has accused Dhankhar of being a mouthpiece of the BJP-led central authorities. She has alleged that the governor interferes with the state authorities’s functioning.
In January, Dhankhar had alleged that the state authorities appointed 25 college vice chancellors with out his consent. In response, the state authorities had claimed that the schooling division has the proper to nominate vice chancellors chosen by the search committee if the governor refused to approve the names.
On June 13, West Bengal handed a Bill to make the chief minister the chancellor of all of the state-run universities. So far, the governor held the place of chancellor.
The Bill, launched by state Education Minister Bratya Basu, was handed after 182 MLAs voted in its favour and 40 votes towards it.