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Mamata Banerjee: Bengal governor corrupt, should be removed

"He is a corrupt man. He was named in the chargesheet in the 1996 Hawala Jain case. Why has the central government allowed a governor like this to continue?" she told reporters at the state secretariat, without elaborating.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar a “corrupt man” and raised questions over his recent tour of North Bengal, alleging that a conspiracy was being hatched in order to divide northern part of the state. Dhankhar hit back accusing Banerjee of making statements based on “misinterpretation and untruth”

While responding to a question asked by a reporter during her daily press conference, Banerjee said, “He is a corrupt man. He was named in the chargesheet in the 1996 Hawala Jain case. Why has the central government allowed a governor like this to continue?”

Banerjee termed Dhankhar’s visit to North Bengal a “political stunt” and said he only met the BJP MLAs and MPs there.

“Why did he suddenly tour North Bengal? I can smell a conspiracy to divide North Bengal,” the CM alleged.

The Trinamool Congress supremo also stated that she has written multiple letters urging the Centre to remove Dhankhar from the position.

However, she would continue to follow all the courtesies with Dhankhar as long as he is the governor of the state, she said. “As per the Constitution, I will continue to meet him, talk to him. and follow all the courtesies… But, the union government should act based on my letters,” she added.

Hours after Banerjee’s statement, Dhankhar said he never expected the chief minister to engage such “sensation”. “Never expected a leader of stature
@MamataOfficial to engage in sensation premised on misrepresentation and untruth.” he wrote on Twitter.

“Still wondering what prompted her to engage in such act! Am sure she will for sure reflect and generate scenario for working in togetherness for welfare of people,” he added.

With inputs from PTI

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