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first_imgWest Bengal witnessed an unprecedented political showdown on Tuesday with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indulging in a public spat.At a press meet she called after Mr. Tripathi raised the communal flare-up at Baduria in the North 24 Parganas during a telephonic talk, the Chief Minister accused the Governor of “threatening and insulting” her. At one point she had even felt like resigning. “Today the Governor told me a lot of things. I am feeling insulted. The Governor’s is a constitutional post. I have come to power through the mandate of the people…I am not in power at the mercy of the Governor,” Ms. Banerjee said. “He [Governor] is speaking like a block president of the BJP…He has called and threatened me…He should understand that he is a nominated person. He should maintain his respect also,” Ms. Banerjee said. Mr. Tripathi said in a press release that he was “surprised at the attitude and language used by the Chief Minister.”The statement from Raj Bhavan said there was nothing in the conversation for “which the Hon’ble Chief Minister may have felt insulted, threatened or humiliated”.“The talk between the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Hon’ble Governor was confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it,” the statement added.Observing that the Governor cannot remain a mute spectator to the affairs of the State, the statement from Raj Bhavan said it is “proper for the Hon’ble Governor to bring to the notice of the Hon’ble Chief Minister any serious grievance made by any member of [the] public or any serious event happening in the State.”Earlier in the day a delegation of BJP leaders had met Mr. Tripathi and expressed strong concerns over the developments at Baduria, where a Facebook post had triggered tension. Following the meeting the Governor had called up the Chief Minister.Ms. Banerjee noted that the Facebook post had triggered the conflict but the police promptly arrested the person who wrote it. “Why are you on the streets and not countering it there [Facebook]?” the Chief Minister asked the protesters.Experts described the showdown as “undesirable and unprecedented.”Relations between Ms. Banerjee and Mr. Tripathi have been largely cordial in the past three years, except when the two had disagreed on certain issues.While Ms. Banerjee came to power in 2011, Mr. Tripathi assumed office in 2014. Also read: Tripathi is speaking for the Centre: Mamatalast_img

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