Worried Governor Jagdeep Dhankar Talks Of Free, Fair West Bengal Poll After Amit Shah Meet

The Trinamool Congress dismissed the governor’s outburst in Delhi as false (File)

Kolkata:

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Thursday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and then did something seldom done. He called a press meet and launched an attack on the Mamata Banerjee government, listing frequently voiced complaints. He said he was worried about the holding of free, fair and fearless elections in the state that are due about six months from now.

Mr Dhankar claimed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was running a police state, that sections of the bureaucracy were acting as political workers and foot soldiers and political violence was a daily affair.

“Relentless political vendetta of unimaginable dimensions with brutal targeted killings,” he said.

But these complaints Mr Dhankar has voiced earlier, through tweets and at press meets in Kolkata. On Thursday, for the first time, he raised the issue of elections.

“People deserve democracy. I am committed to ensure free, fair and fearless voting. That is the minimum expectation people have,” he said.

“You are governing only through police apparatus and that is not permitted. A police station shall not be allowed to be a campaign office. This is the minimum I can do to vindicate the oath I have taken as governor,” Mr Dhankar said.

“I am not a stake holder in politics. It is not my concern who gets elected. It is my concern how election takes place. It is my concern how governance takes place. If the governance is not in…

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