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Mamata, Partha fire potshots at Guv over 'parallel administration' barb

Mamata, Partha fire potshots at Guv over parallel administration barb

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a dig at Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday and alleged that a 'parallel administration' is being run in Bengal, which is stronger than that of Maharashtra.

"A parallel administration is going on here in Bengal as well. It is 100 percent more than what we have seen in Maharashtra. This is going on every day. I am sorry to say that my House (Assembly) has been adjourned because a Bill has not been signed. It is not the final Bill, but just an introduction. We need permission to introduce the Bill for discussion," Banerjee said at the inaugural programme of INFOCOM 2019, refraining from mentioning the Governor's name.

She reiterated that the government will continue to fight against such attempts to run a parallel administration.

According to sources, the government had sent The West Bengal State Commission for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Bill, 2019 to the Governor, but did not receive his approval till Tuesday morning.

Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday slammed the Governor for visiting the Assembly, despite being informed by the Speaker about the adjournment of the House till December 5.

"He is going to various places and posing before cameras. Yesterday he visited Calcutta University. The university authorities had informed him beforehand that the senate meeting had been cancelled. His role has become that of a visitor. Earlier he had visited various districts. However,

I would not comment on his visit to the districts," Chatterjee said.

"If he had the intention to strengthen our democracy, he could have allowed the Assembly to run by giving his assent on various Bills. If the government has committed any mistakes, he could have advised the government instead of raising questions on its activities. The Chief Minister is the head of a democratically elected government while his is a constitutional post. People of the state can judge for themselves. We want the Governor and the government to work together for the betterment of people," he told reporters on Thursday.

The minister took a further dig at Dhankhar, saying that instead of going to places and criticising the state government, he could have urged the Centre to clear the dues which would have been beneficial for the people of the state.

"I would suggest him (Governor) to visit some other important places where he has not gone. I would suggest him to visit Kalighat, Jorasanko and also the Alipore Zoo for better mass communication," Chatterjee said.

It may be mentioned here that the Governor had to wait outside the locked gate number 3 of the Assembly, which is used for VIP entry, during a scheduled visit. Dhankar waited at the gate for a few minutes and later entered the House through gate number 4 and visited the library.

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