West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the poll violence news coming from West Bengal was “BJP’s gimmick”. The TMC supremo further claimed that there in fact was “no poll violence” in her state and the claims on the event were “baseless”. Banerjee’s statement came after WB Governor wrote a letter to her on her silence regarding the matter.
On June 16, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote a hard worded letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and alleged that Banerjee had maintained “studied silence” after the poll-violence that swept the state after the Assembly Elections. Since then, West Bengal government is on a consistent loggerhead with the Centre with new developments emerging every day.
Just a few days after West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote a fuming letter to West Bengal CM about her silence on the post-poll violence, the CM slammed the Centre and claimed that the state saw no political violence and the news that emerged about the incidents were part of “BJP’s gimmick”. Further, Banerjee also claimed that the claims about the post-poll violence were “baseless”.
“There is no political violence going on in the state right now. There may have been one or two sporadic incidents, but those can’t be labelled as incidents of political violence,”
-the TMC Supremo alleged.
Dhankhar’s Letter to CM Mamata Banerjee
Banerjee’s statement came after Dhankhar’s letter in which hi fumingly complained about the fact that the CM had maintained a “studied silence” on the issue of post poll violence. In his letter to the CM, governor Dhankhar wrote-
“Such ‘punitive’ decimation of human rights and dignity shames democracy. In spite of your attention having been drawn to the enormity of situation, huge exodus of people in search of cover for life and destruction of property worth crores, there has only been stunning silence at your end…”
Dhankhar further complained how Banerjee did not deem it important to speak about the issue in any of her cabinet meetings. Dhankhar’s letter came after he met a delegation of BJP MLAs including face of opposition Suvendu Adhikari about the post-poll violence and the destruction of law and order that followed.
BJP Trying to Bulldoze Twitter, TMC: CM Mamata Banerjee
Meanwhile, the TMC supremo also condemned the BJP-led Centre over its ongoing row with social media platform Twitter. Banerjee claimed that after not being able to influence or control the social media platform, the Centre is “bulldozing” it. Banerjee also went on to claim that the TMC government is receiving a similar treatment with the Centre trying to bulldoze the party as well.
“I condemn it; they can’t control Twitter, so they are trying to bulldoze it. They (Centre) are trying to do so with everyone they are unable to manage. They can’t control me, and that is why they are trying to bulldoze my government, too,”
-Banerjee told the reporters today at Kolkata.
Banerjee’s remark on Twitter comes at a time when the Centre and Twitter are at the most heated juncture. Multiple flashpoints have occurred in the wake of the Centre looking for the social media platform to comply with its IT Rules, 2021.
Earlier on Wednesday, MeitY minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that Twitter had “deliberately chosen” to not comply with the IT rules even after it was given “multiple opportunities” to do so. It was also reported that government sources claimed that the social media platform has lost its legal immunity as it has failed to comply with the IT Rules.
Mamata Banerjee VS Centre: A Recap
The Mamata Banerjee VS Centre has several flashpoints in the past few weeks. Here are some of such incidents.
Mamata Banerjee asks CBI to arrest her after ministers from her cabinet get arrested in the infamous Narada case. Read here
West Bengal Chief Secretary recalled by the Centre after CM Banerjee chooses to not meet PM Modi. Read here
TMC Supremo meets farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, Asserts PM Modi must be removed from power. Read here
Banerjee sits down on dharna against Election Commission protesting against bias. Read here