On Saturday afternoon, the Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. The delegates discussed and reviewed the law and order situation in the state for 75 minutes.
Addressing the media, Dhankhar informed that the 2018 panchayat polls and 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bengal were marked by violence and people apprehend a similar scenario in the assembly polls due in a few months.
“I cannot reveal the discussion I had with the home minister but the media surely knows more than me what I said. It is my job to keep the Centre informed. 2021 is a crucial year because of the elections. I have been constantly appealing for free and fair polls and asking public servants to shun politics. I hope people organizing the elections will take note and take action so that Bengal becomes an example for the rest of the country and the world,” said Dhankhar.
The comment made by Dhankhar resulted in criticism by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders.
Previously, the TMC leaders have accused him of being a ‘mouthpiece of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).’“The Election Commission of India (ECI) is competent but every citizen has a role. As governor, I have to protect the Constitution. I am not a stakeholder in politics. My only concern is that the election process should not tamper the Constitution. I confine myself to constitutional limitations,” added Dhankhar.