West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Speaker of the Assembly Biman Banerjee had an hour-long interaction on Sunday regarding the House session starting from Monday, as the constitutional head of the state wrote to the minister Chief Mamata Banerjee to request a dialogue with her as soon as possible.
The governor had invited the president for interaction on, among other things, live coverage of his House speech on Monday, complaining that he had been “masked” on other occasions.
“There was (an) interaction at Raj Bhawan today between the Governor and the Speaker of the Assembly for an hour regarding the upcoming assembly session,” Dhankhar tweeted.
The Assembly was convened by the Governor at 2 p.m. Monday after an impasse over the timing of the House sitting, with the Governor taking the position that a typographical error in an earlier communication which gave the supernatural time of 2 p.m. morning as the start time of the budget session, could only be changed if the cabinet reconvened and passed another resolution correcting the time while following all constitutional procedures.
“Given the unhealthy situations during the first addresses in the Assembly, including the ‘blackout’ of the ‘live coverages’ of the address, I find it timely to have an interaction with the Honorable Speaker so that the sanctity of the proceedings is upheld and the dignity of the governorship is not compromised,” Dhankhar wrote to Biman Banerjee.
A copy of the letter was attached to a tweet message in the governor’s Twitter account.
The governor also urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a separate letter sent on Sunday, to engage with him at the earliest, saying this will hopefully help pave the way for a “seamless coordinated and concerted stance”. regarding his speech to the Assembly.
It was in response to Banerjee’s communication to Dhankhar that she will meet him after the Assembly’s inaugural session on Monday.
“Since there is only one day left before the inaugural session of the Assembly, we are preparing to welcome you to the Assembly tomorrow,” she wrote, a copy of which was attached to a press release published by the Raj Bhavan.
The statement also referred to an earlier letter from the Chief Minister to which the Governor responded by saying he was “appalled” by his February 23 response to his invitation for interaction, indicating that currently I am linked to various programs. After the inaugural session of the Assembly, I will certainly come to thank you and have a cup of tea with you.
He said the intent of the Governor’s communications sent on February 15 and 22 was to urge you (the Chief Minister) to respond to all issues reported so far at the earliest and facilitate an interaction to Raj Bhavan at any time during the coming week. . seemed lost.
The governor complained that there was a need to end the dialogue stalemate, saying it “invariably (becomes) an obstacle to an eventual resolution of the issues.
The governor and state government have long been at odds over issues such as the governor calling senior state officials and vice chancellors without intimidating the state government, and state ministers passing on comments on an overhaul of the tradition of making the Governor Chancellor of public universities by virtue of his position. So are state complaints that the Governor delayed consent on bills such as the Howrah Municipality bifurcation.
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