WB Governor made to wait at Assembly entrance, tiff with TMC government worsens

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KOLKATA: The simmering feud between the Trinamul Congress government in West Bengal and the State Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has taken a turn for the worse on Thursday when he was made to wait in front of locked gate no 3 of the state assembly, designated for the head of the state.

Later he entered the assembly premises through gate no 4, meant for media persons and officials. The governor accused the assembly speaker of insulting him by canceling the meeting despite prior intimation.

The governor had expressed his desire to visit the assembly to see the historic building and to visit the library. The Speaker had confirmed the meeting and had even invited the governor for a lunch. However, when Dhankar reached the assembly, the gate was found locked.

"The speaker had invited me for lunch today. But it was canceled at the last moment. This is an insult and points to a conspiracy," Governor Jagdeep Dhankar told reporters outside the assembly. "Why is the gate no 3 closed? Despite my prior intimation, the gate is closed. The Assembly being adjourned does not mean it is closed.

"The governor's gate being locked has put our democratic history to shame," Dhankhar was quoted by Times of India as saying.

Earlier, the assembly was adjourned for two days, over "delaying of clearance of important bills" by the governor. Speaker Biman Banerjee had adjourned the House on Tuesday saying bills scheduled to be placed before the members were yet to get the green signal from Dhankhar.

Since assuming charge, the Governor has been at loggerheads with Mamata Banerjee's government over a number of issues. An India Today report said that the governor had found no senior officials when he visited the Calcutta University College Street campus on Wednesday.

Seemingly insulted, Dhankhar who is also the university's chancellor sniffed a political cause behind the absence of Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarty Bondopadhyay despite informing her about the visit.

Last month, the governor was denied permission for a chopper to travel to Farakka in Murshidabad district and Shantipur in Nadia district even after making the request well in advance.

The ruling TMC had questioned the need for a helicopter for the governor's travel and termed it "absurd" and "misuse of public money.

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