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Bengal Governor Dhankhar to meet Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi Saturday

The meeting between Shah & Dhankhar comes two days after CM Mamata Banerjee made an 'unscheduled' appearance at Raj Bhavan and held a meeting with the governor.

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Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi at 11 am Saturday. 

The meeting between the leaders comes two days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made an “unscheduled” appearance at Raj Bhavan and held an hour-long meeting with Dhankhar. 

The Governor’s office refused to elaborate on the issues to be discussed by Dhankhar and Shah Saturday, but a top official said he is likely to focus on the “present political situation” in the poll-bound state. West Bengal is headed for assembly elections in a few months.

“He is determined to walk any length to ensure free and fair elections in the state. It may include getting more central forces to ensure a peaceful election process and as a confident-building measure among voters,” added the source, who did not want to be named.

The governor will leave for Delhi late Friday evening.


Also Read: ‘Garbage of lies, BJP a party of cheats’ — Mamata rebuts Amit Shah’s statements in Bengal


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Mamata’s relationship with the governor’s office has been marked by acrimony, especially under Dhankhar’s tenure.

Dhankhar repeatedly takes to Twitter to accuse “senior police officers (of) acting as political servants” and has alleged that some top IPS officers in senior positions go against legal frameworks. He has also stressed the need to conduct an “impartial probe” against some officers. 

 

In turn, the Trinamool Congress wrote to the President last month to seek Dhankhar’s removal, accusing him of “transgressing constitutional limits” by regularly commenting against the state administration and government in the public. The party also routinely refers to the Raj Bhavan as the state BJP headquarters.

Over the past few weeks, the Mamata government has also found itself at odds with the central administration after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought to transfer three IPS officers posted in the state following an attack on BJP president J.P. Nadda’s convoy in Bengal. 

Amid these tensions, the chief minister suddenly arrived at Raj Bhavan Wednesday evening. According to sources in the Raj Bhavan and state secretariat Nabanna, the meeting was not scheduled. 

While the governor and Mamata held an hour-long meeting, sources at Nabanna said it was a “courtesy” visit. 

The meeting came a day after the CBI summoned three senior IPS officers in connection with alleged cattle and coal smuggling cases.


Also Read: Shah defends MHA’s Bengal IPS officers transfer order, challenges Mamata to prove it’s illegal


 

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