Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday (October 5) accused chief minister Mamata Banerjee of ignoring his message to speak with her “urgently” over the killing of BJP leader Manish Shukla.

The BJP leader was shot dead on Sunday evening at Barrackpore, about 20 km from Kolkata, when he was speaking with some locals and party workers near a police station. The BJP has blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee for the killing.

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The Trinamool Congress has rubbished the BJP's charge and alleged that the killing was a result of the party's internal dispute.

The home secretary and the DG of the state police did not go to the Raj Bhavan despite receiving an emergency summons from the governor.

Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted, “Alarming nosediving law and order scenario @MamataOfficial. Targeted political killings in spite of alert by Constitutional Head. Neither ACS (Additional Chief Secretary) Home nor DGP Bengal Police responded. To CM (Chief Minister) at 10.47 PM "Would like to speak to you urgently!" Only silence that speaks volumes.”

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The Governor had earlier tweeted about summoning the Additional Chief Secretary and police chief at 10 am today to discuss the "worsening law and order situation".

The governor and the chief minister have been in a feud over various topics, including law and order and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The BJP has called for a 12-hour shut down in the Barrackpore area on Monday (October 5).

Jagdeep Dhankhar had expressed concerns over the law and order situation in the state several times before. The governor wanted to talk to the state police DG. But every time his tweet was left unanswered. He was so outraged that the governor made serious allegations against the DGP for working for the ruling party.

In recent months, there have been about a dozen such killings of political workers, mainly belonging to the BJP and the Trinamool.