W.Bengal Governor moots PR in the state

W.Bengal Governor moots PR in the state
Keshari Nath Tripathi (File)
NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, JUN 10 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 6/10/2019 11:31:45 AM IST

Against the backdrop of speculations that BJP-led NDA government at the centre is contemplating imposing President’s Rule in West Bengal amidst post-poll violence that has claimed nearly a dozen lives so far, the Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi Monday told India Today TV that there may be need for President’s rule in the state if the situation deteriorates.

Bengal governor said he has apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah about the prevailing situation in the state.
This is the first time Tripathi has met Modi and Shah after the Lok Sabha elections. 
“I have apprised the Prime Minister and the home minister about the situation in West Bengal. I can’t disclose details,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
The governor’s visit to Delhi came in the middle of a running tussle between the Centre and the Bengal government on the issue of post-poll violence in the state.
On Sunday, in an advisory the home ministry had expressed “deep concern” over continuing violence in West Bengal, saying the “unabated violence” even after the Lok Sabha polls appears to be a failure on part of the state government. 
“The unabated violence over the past weeks appears to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and inspire confidence among people,” the advisory said.
The Bengal government hit back at the Centre saying there were a few “stray post-poll clashes” in Bengal and the situation was “under control”.
In a letter to the Centre, chief secretary Malay Kumar De said “firm and appropriate actions” were initiated in all cases of violence without any delay. 
“There have been a few stray post-poll clashes in the state perpetrated by some anti-social elements, the law enforcement authorities have been taking firm and appropriate actions in all such cases without any delay,” De wrote in the letter to the Union Home Ministry. 
“The situation is under control and it may not be construed under any circumstance to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the State to maintain the rule of law and impure confidence among the people,” the letter read.
The workers of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP have been on a spiral of violence as the turf war in Bengal gains momentum. In the recently-held Lok Sabha election, the BJP increased its tally from two to 18 of the state’s 42 seats. Mamata Banerjee’s party was slightly ahead with only 22 seats.
With the next prize being the assembly elections two years away, the Trinamool is determined not to cede any space. 
Banerjee had skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath after the BJP said they would ferry the families of 52 murdered party workers to Delhi for the ceremony.

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