BJP seeks Centre's intervention in Bengal violence

West bengal violence

A Governor is appointed by the Centre while the CM is elected by people of the state. Police and paramilitary forces combatted the irate mobs.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today lashed out at Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, alleging that he threatened and humiliated her to such an extent that she considered resigning from her post.

Various political parties reacted to the face-off between the two persons holding top constitutional posts of the state.' 'Why should the chief minister take exception to a call by the Governor. In response to the post, a particular community took out a procession and vandalised shops and houses, demanding that the person, who wrote this post, be hanged. "The Honourable Governor can not remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the state", his office said in a statement.Sources say a BJP delegation had met the governor over the violence.Earlier today, the Chief Minister's party men faced trouble in Berachampa, one of the areas affected by the violence.Trinamool parliamentarians Idris Ali and Hasan Imran Ahmed helped ferry a sadhu or Hindu cleric to safety after an audience they were jointly addressing turned violent.As the Muslim-dominated crowd turned aggressive, the sadhu was rushed to the MPs' vehicle which was then attacked with stones.

The West Bengal chief minister has stoutly refuted BJP's allegations and accused it of "playing religious politics" to polarise votes for political benefits. I have never felt so insulted and humiliated. In fact I have been cut to the quick the way she behaved and the language she used. I am insulted and humiliated, I run a government here. He acted like a BJP man - a BJP block president.

"He threatened me over phone". The Governor holds a Constitutional post. He is a constitutional post holder, I respect him.

In her unprecedented remarks, she also said the Governor pays more heed to complaints lodged by state BJP leaders.

The Chief Minister said that she had, at one point, contemplated stepping down. According to sources, the Governor had expressed concern over the law and order situation in the state and told her to hold the reins as Mamata holds the Law & Order portfolio. No one is expected to disclose it.

"He is showing me law and order. The Governor can not remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the State", a press release from the Raj Bhavan said.

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