West Bengal has become a gas chamber for democracy, says Governor Dhankhar

New Delhi: Expressing serious concern on the deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal, the state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday said that the Mamata Banerjee-ruled province has turned into a “gas chamber for democracy”.

“First the people are burnt alive, and the victims of the family members are offered jobs. Why are there so many questions on the Central Bureau of Investigation probe? The state government does not forward any report to the governor. The crime against women is on the rise,” he said at the state assembly premises on the occasion of paying tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar.

“No action was taken even after so many incidents of post-poll violence in the state. I wonder whether some consider themselves to be above the law,” the Governor said in the presence of Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee.

Dhankhar also referred to the incident of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday, when two groups of advocates, one having affiliations with the ruling Trinamool Congress and the other to CPI-M, clashed within the court premises over the issue of the boycott of the bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay.

The Judge had ordered CBI grilling for erstwhile state education minister, Partha Chatterjee, at present state commerce & industries minister, in the probe on recruitment irregularities of West Bengal School Service A|Commission (WBSSC).

“What happened at Calcutta High Court on Wednesday was most unfortunate. The temple of justice was shamed,” The Governor lamented, adding, “The people of the state are living with constant fear.”

BJP’s state spokesperson, Shamik Bhattacharya, later said, “It has become a habit of the Trinamool Congress leaders, including the chief minister, to attack the governor on any issue. It is true that West Bengal is going through a constitutional crisis. That is why the ruling party is attacking the governor.”

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