Bengal Governor wrote a letter to the Speaker demanding the resolution of the proceedings against BSF
New Delhi: A fresh controversy erupted in West Bengal on Friday when Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar sought details of the proceedings of the Assembly with regard to the extension of the jurisdiction of the BSF and passing a resolution against the breach of privilege motion against the CBI and the ED.
In a note shared on social media, the governor has sought details of proceedings in seven days. The Assembly had on November 16 passed a resolution seeking withdrawal of the Centre’s notification to increase the BSF’s jurisdiction from 15 km to 50 km. The resolution brought under Rule 169 of the Rules and Procedure of the House was passed by a majority. Trinamool Congress’s Tapas Roy had moved a contempt motion against CBI and ED on November 17.
The TMC is upset over the central agencies not taking the Speaker’s consent before filing the chargesheet against the members of the House in the Narada sting video case.
Mr Dhankhar wrote, “The attention of the Hon’ble Speaker may also be drawn to the fact that action was sought on earlier occasions also, but unfortunately the same is not being provided. Such a position is not only justified but also unacceptable and unconstitutional.”
Minister Partha Chatterjee said the governor was trying to disrupt the functioning of the assembly. He said the House itself was independent and the resolutions were discussed and passed as per the prescribed procedure.
Speaker Biman Banerjee said that if the Governor formally asks through an official letter, he will make available the proceedings of the House to the Governor.