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Dhankhar's visit to CU politically motivated: Partha

Dhankhars visit to CU politically motivated: Partha

Kolkata: Despite being informed about the cancellation of the senate meeting, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar's visit to Calcutta University on Wednesday has triggered a fresh political debate in the state.

State Education minister Partha Chatterjee slammed

the Governor's move and termed it a 'politically motivated one'.

Reacting sharply to the Governor's statement where he claimed that there is a policy paralysis in the education system of Bengal, Chatterjee on Wednesday said that the Governor has not been working under the constitutional obligations.

"The Governor is possibly trying to impose the national education policy in the state. His is a constitutional post but he is not acting as per the provisions of the Constitution," Chatterjee said.

He also refuted the Governor's claim that standard of education has deteriorated in the state, saying that all the educational institutions have been performing better and several students are excelling in various fields after coming out of these institutions.

Dhankhar on Wednesday visited Calcutta University, where a senate meeting supposed to take place. The university authorities had, however, informed the Governor beforehand that the meeting had been cancelled.

Chatterjee also raised a question as to why he visited the university despite being informed by CU authorities about the cancellation.

According to sources in the university, CU authorities have taken a strong objection to the Governor's statement, where he said that everyone had left the university after locking the door.

Sources said that top officials of the university do not open and close the door and it is the job of employees of a different department. According to government sources, it has been learnt that the university officials might have received instruction from the top brass to cancel the meeting.

"What the Governor is doing triggers laughter. Why did he go to the university after he was informed about the cancellation of the senate meeting? This clearly shows the intention of the Governor," Chatterjee said.

Meanwhile, the Governor also announced that he

would visit the Assembly on Thursday. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that Speaker Biman Banerjee had adjourned the House on Tuesday for two days, as a number of Bills are yet to receive the Governor's assent.

Since assuming charge in July, the Governor has been at loggerheads with Mamata Banerjee's government over a number of issues and Wednesday's incident has taken the entire controversy to a new height.

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