Biman Banerjee had complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla about Dhankhar’s “interference” during the virtual All India Speakers’ Conference held recently.
Responding to the charge, Dhankar, in a letter, said the stand taken by Biman Banerjee at the speakers’ conference was not in consonance with the office he held. Stating that he was more saddned than anguished at the stand taken by the speaker, Dhankar wondered why Biman Banerjee did not deliberate with him over the issue even once.
Hitting back at Biman Banerjee, Dhankar accused the Bengal assembly speaker of compromising on the dignigty of the office of governor on numerous occasions and cited some of them in his letter.
The governor also rejected the charge of sitting over Bills passed by the assembly and said the charge is “bereft of any factual foundation.”
Adherence to constitutional norms is quint essential to democracy & rule of law.Urged Speaker #WBLA“ to work in… https://t.co/znvrHIjYik
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) 1625048175000
“No Bill, save one, is pending consideration at my end and therein too there is delay in response from the concerned,” the governor said in a letter written to the Bengal assembly speaker.
In the letter, Dhankar detailed the status of the pending Bills and blamed the delay on the concerned departments.
The governor urged the speaker for a “fresh beginning” and also stressed the need for them to work together in a harmonious manner to uphold and justify the spirit of constitutional responsibilites they hold.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and Mamata Banerjee government have been at loggerheads over several issues. Governor has been openly critical of the law and order situation in the state. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has called him a corrupt man and has claimed that his name was present in the Jain Hawala case.
(With inputs from agencies)