Governor's 'interference' rocks state Assembly
Kolkata: The issue of the Governor's alleged attempt to bypass the state government in administrative matters came up in the state Assembly on Wednesday.
It may be mentioned that on Tuesday, MP Derek O'Brien had raised the issue in Parliament and gave a notice under Rule 267 to discuss the matter in the Rajya Sabha. Trinamool Congress' plea was rejected and the House was adjourned when O'Brien had protested over the matter during "zero hour".
Later Derek tweeted: "Murder of democracy. Opposition being muzzled in Rajya Sabha, Parliament. We are not even being allowed to raise issues in Zero Hour. We will not put up with this".
On Wednesday, the issue rocked the state Assembly with the ruling party protesting against the attempt to bypass the state government and convene a meeting of the district authorities of Murshidabad district to assess the progress of various development projects of both the Centre and the state besides the law and order situation in the area.
Satish Chandra Tewary, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, wrote a letter stating that "…this is to inform that Hon'ble Governor desires that the Inspector General of Police, Murshidabad should also be present during the meeting at Circuit House on 6.02.18." A copy of the letter was also marked to the state Chief Secretary.
It led to the entire controversy with the Trinamool Congress in the state raising its voice against the move. The Governor on Wednesday, however, said the state government should go through the documents.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier protested against the Centre's attempt of directly contacting senior officials of the state government bypassing the state. She had protested saying that such moves affect the federal structure of the country.