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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to visit violence-hit areas; ‘it's my constitutional duty’

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Monday said that the state is embroiled in violence after the assembly elections which concluded on May 2, in which chief minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) emerged victorious.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to visit violence-hit areas; its my constitutional duty-dnm
Kolkata, First Published May 10, 2021, 4:59 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar in a press conference on Monday (May 10, 2021) said that he will visit the post poll violence affected areas in the state.

"Post poll, we are in a deep crisis in the state. The retributive violence and acts of arson, loot now have graduated to intimidation and extortion. This is worrisome," Dhankar was quoted as saying by ANI.

Dhankhar, while talking to reporters, also said that people are being made to pay with their lives for exercising their franchise.

“As part of my constitutional duty, I've decided to visit affected parts of the State and have asked the government to make arrangements. Unfortunately their response hasn't been very responsive. I'll go ahead with my schedule or make arrangements for a self visit in the coming days,” said Jagdeep Dhankar, West Bengal Governor.

Asking Mamata's government to engage in soul searching, Dhankar said, "All is well, there’s no violence (is being projected) but the ground situation is otherwise. I expect state government to engage in soul searching, address grim ground reality and book the culprits who have chosen to tarnish our democratic fabric."

"If your vote becomes a cause of your death or property destruction, if it leads to arson, then that signals the end of democracy," he said.

Earlier, Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday (May 9, 2021) had sanctioned the prosecution of four leaders of the Trinamool Congress — all of them ministers during the time of the alleged commission of a crime that came to light in the purported Narada sting tapes.

Clashes were reported from several places in Bengal following the declaration of assembly election results on May 2. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee recently said at least 16 people have lost their lives in post-poll violence.

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