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WB Guv cuts short speech on first day of Budget Session

Kolkata:   The West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday had to cut short his maiden address in the Assembly on the opening day of the...

Kolkata:  The West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday had to cut short his maiden address in the Assembly on the opening day of the Budget Session, completing it in just four minutes.

The BJP MLAs protested as there was no mention of post-poll violence in Bengal in the Governor’s speech.

Dhankhar came to the Assembly at 1.55 pm and entered the hall after offering floral tribute at B.R. Ambedkar’s statue. But the moment he started reading the speech prepared by the state government, BJP MLAs started protesting from their own seats before rushing to the well of the House with posters and placards in their hands.

Dhankhar, who was occasionally interrupted, was forced to stop his speech after just five minutes of starting it. He then left the hall flanked by the Speaker Biman Banerjee and the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Governor, who recently had a controversial debate with Banerjee over the speech prepared for him for the opening day of the Assembly session, was seen speaking to the CM for a few minutes.

BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the House, Suvendu Adhikari, said that the MLAs from the Saffron camp protested during the Governor’s speech because it was written by the state government without any mention of the post-poll violence in Bengal.

On the 13th page of the 14-page speech, there is mention of some people who are termed as ‘opportunists’, and it has been said that ‘some people of this kind’ are trying to create disturbance.

“They are spreading fake news and fake videos and are trying to divide the society. The government will not accept this and strong action will be initiated against them,” it said.

“We have won 77 seats. We protested during the speech of the Governor as it was written by the state government. It doesn’t mention anything about the post-poll violence. We have shown pictures of 41 people who have been killed in the violence while many women have been raped, but there is no mention of that in the speech. The Governor also protested against the post-poll violence and we respect his stand. But the speech that he delivered was prepared by the Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet. The Governor had no say in it,” Adhikari said.

The speech had courted controversy from the beginning. On Monday, Dhankhar had alleged that he wanted to discuss certain portions of the speech with Banerjee, because the said portions won’t be acceptable by the people.

However, Banerjee had rejected the proposal, saying that the speech cannot be changed because it has been approved by the Cabinet.

Sources close to the Governor pointed out that Dhankhar also wanted the incidents of post-poll violence to be included in the speech, but the state government was against this.

This triggered speculation whether Dhankhar would read the speech prepared by the state or deviate from convention and read his own speech.


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