Pained and anguished at violence in Coochbehar leading to loss of lives – Jagdeep Dhankhar

All must unitedly condemn and abjure violence that has no place in democracy. Pained and anguished at violence in Coochbehar leading to loss of lives. People in authority must show statesmanship & ensure respect for constitutional institutions & CAPF engaged in public duty.

Himachal Pradesh: 5 Congress MLAs Suspended for Entire Budget Session for Manhandling Governor Bandaru Dattatreya

Unruly scenes were witnessed on the first day of the budget session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly here on Friday when protesting MLAs of the opposition Congress tried to stop Governor Bandaru Dattatraya from leaving the premises after he delivered his address in the House. The agitating members blocked Dattatraya’s exit from the building and later his vehicle for around 10-15 minutes. Both the Congress and ruling BJP members later traded allegations of manhandling and assault during the commotion. Speaker Vipin Parmar said the Congress MLAs, including Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, were suspended on a motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj.

Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilisation – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wished people on the occasion. “Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilisation; connects us with our heritage and defines our socio-cultural identity. Emphasis on a well evolved New Education Policy on mother tongue is a remarkable milestone,” he tweeted. International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asks Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Govt to hold Assembly Speaker Election

Amid a tussle between Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), on Tuesday the governor asked the state government to hold an election for the speaker’s post during the state legislature budget session scheduled from March 1 in Mumbai. In the first week of November, the Maharashtra cabinet recommended to Koshyari for approval 12 names as members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) through Governor quota. He has not taken any decision on it yet. The post of Assembly Speaker has fallen vacant following the resignation of Nana Patole, who has been given the responsibility of state Congress president.

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan ordered assembly floor test on February 22

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday ordered assembly floor test on February 22 (Monday) amid crisis in the Congress-led government in the Union Territory. The LG has ordered to conduct the floor test in the legislative assembly by 5 pm. The crisis-ridden Union Territory’s Opposition parties on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Lieutenant Governor’s office seeking direction to Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy to prove his majority on the floor of the house.

Dr. Kiran Bedi removed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to take additional charge

Dr. Kiran Bedi has been removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry while Governor of Telangana, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, has been given the additional charge as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. The development has come on the day when the Congress-led government in the Union Territory slipped into a minority after one more legislator resigned reducing its tally in the assembly. The President has directed that Dr. Kiran Bedi shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry and has appointed Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana, to discharge the functions of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, in addition to her own duties, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office, until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made,” Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President, said in a statement.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami met State Governor Banwarilal Purohit over Release Of 7 Convicts In Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday met state Governor Banwarilal Purohit and took up the issue of the release of all 7 convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, said AIADMK Minister D Jayakumar. The Minister informed that Palaniswami had called on the Governor soon after chairing a Cabinet meeting in Chennai, to reiterate a September 2018 Cabinet resolution recommending the realise of the convicts. Jayakumar, who among other has accompanied Mr Palaniswami said, “The Chief Minister too up (with the Governor) the release of the 7 convicts.”

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Urges Mamata to Allay Suvendu Adhikari’s Fear of False Criminal Cases

A day after former West Bengal minister Suvendu Adhikari sought his intervention to dissuade the state police from implicating him (Adhikari) in false criminal cases, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take urgent measures to allay the apprehension of her one-time associate. Adhikari had resigned from the state assembly on Wednesday and gave up his portfolios in the Mamata Banerjee government on November 27.

People of the State are Entitled to a Free, Fair & Violence-Free Election – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has said that people of the state are entitled to a free, fair and violence-free election. He further expressed concern about unauthorised people taking control of political power without legal authority. Questioning the governance by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the Governor said that it is “getting increasingly distanced from rule of law and constitution” and said that he has been cautioning her.

Police Administration Continues to be in Political Mode – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Accusing the West Bengal state police of behaving like political activists, the Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that the police administration continues to be in the political mode and termed it as misconduct. This statement from the Governor comes after he sent a report to the Centre following an attack on the convoy of BJP president JP Nadda on Thursday and also condemned the incident as “slur on our democratic fabric”. He had earlier said any political activities by the opposition are ‘ruthlessly repressed and quelled’ with police assistance.

UP Governor Anandiben Patel signed Law against Unlawful Religious Conversions

The state’s ordinance on unlawful religious conversion was signed into a law by governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday. From now on, it is illegal to religiously convert a person unless a two months’ notice is given to the district magistrate declaring one’s intent to convert. On October 31, while speaking at an election rally in Jaunpur, the UP CM promised a strict law against ‘love jihad’.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tenders resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tendered his resignation from the post after meeting Governor Phagu Chauhan. In a letter to the governor, he asked to dissolve the 16th Bihar assembly. The governor accepted the resignation and asked Nitish Kumar to continue as the caretaker chief minister till the new NDA government is sworn in.

I talked to Governor Maharashtra Hon Bhagatsingh Koshyari, requested him to see No harassment to Arnab Goswami at Taloja Jail – Kirit Somaiya, BJP

I talked to Governor Maharashtra Hon Bhagatsingh Koshyari, requested him to see No harassment to Arnab Goswami at Taloja Jail. He assured Me, he will talked to concern. I also talked to Maharashtra Home Secretary for proper care & medical treatment to Arnab.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari spoke to Maharashtra’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in Arnab Gowami’s case

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari spoke to Maharashtra’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and conveyed to him his concern over the security and health of news anchor and editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network Arnab Goswami. The Governor also asked the Home Minister to allow the family of Arnab Goswami to see him and to speak to him.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has accepted the resignation of Tourism Minister CT Ravi

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has accepted the resignation of Tourism Minister CT Ravi from the Council of Ministers on the recommendation of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. Though Ravi submitted his resignation letter to Yediyurappa in October after he was appointed BJP national General Secretary on September 26, it was forwarded to the Governor on Saturday.

The political killings, targeted killings and violence are a cause of great concern – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

The political killings, targeted killings and violence are a cause of great concern. The greater challenge to democracy in the state is that the police and administration, those in the premier services, the IAS and IPS, are politicised. Some of them are working as full-time political workers, as political foot soldiers, totally abandoning their roles. I have appealed to them that this is unconstitutional, illegal, violation of conduct. You cannot do this. This shall not be overlooked.

It is high time they started acting as public servants – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Through my friends in the media I wish to appeal to them that in the name of rule of law, in the name of the Constitution, it is high time they started acting as public servants. Don’t act as political workers. This does not work for democracy. The chairman of the human rights commission, who is a retired chief justice of the high court, has said the commission is on ventilator.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed with him the state of affairs and affairs of state

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the “state of affairs and affairs of state”, which he said, has turned into a police state and criticised its law and order situation. During the hour-long meeting, Dhankhar apprised the union home minister about various issues concerning the state.

Al-Qaeda is spreading its fangs in West Bengal – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar claimed that bomb-making factories are being unearthed in the state everyday and referred to the arrest of Al-Qaeda operatives from Murshidabad district. “Al-Qaeda is spreading its fangs in West Bengal” the governor claimed.

My concern is not who is being elected, but my concern is how the election is taking place – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

My concern is not who is being elected, but my concern is how the election is taking place. I have witnessed a continual decline of democratic governance. Political violence, vendetta is a daily affair. Targeted killings are being seen very often. As a constitutional head, I have witnessed it.

It (West Bengal) has become a police state – Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

The greatest challenge is that the police and bureaucracy are being politicised. They are working as foot soldiers of the state government. I have time and again appealed to them that what you are doing is beyond your Constitutional rights. It has become a police state.

TMC MP Saugata Roy said the governor Dhankhar is only visiting the hills to enjoy the weather

He earns a lot and has to justify it. His boss is the Union home minister and it is normal for him to report to him. I don’t think that the governor is a factor here (politically). I think he is visiting Darjeeling to enjoy the weather.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has given his assent for a Bill that was passed regarding provision of 7.5 per cent reservation for government school students in NEET

After a 45-day delay, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has given his assent for a Bill that was passed in September, regarding provision of 7.5 per cent reservation for government school students in NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for medical college admissions.

National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma says ‘Love Jihad’ rising in Maharashtra, raises concerns over safety of women, met Maharashtra Governor Koshyari

National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma has now joined the row over rising ‘love jihad’ cases in Maharashtra and expressed her concerns about the safety of women in the state. The NCW chief had met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in Mumbai on Tuesday which she discussed the “rise” in ‘love jihad’ cases in the state.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in a scathing letter to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee expressed concerns over rising lawlessness in the state

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in a scathing letter to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee expressed concerns over rising lawlessness in the state

Raising concerns over rising “lawlessness” in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar flagged “rampant human right violations, political violence, vendetta and custodial torture” in the state. Saying there is just no correctional recourse of any nature, Dhankhar said it is an open secret that ‘politicised police has a finger in every pie of governance’ terming it ‘a facet of a police state’.

Amit Shah opined that Koshyari should have shown more restraint in the choice of words he used in the letter

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday slammed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for his controversial remarks in a recent letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Shah opined that Koshyari should have shown more restraint in the choice of words he used in the letter. When questioned about Governor Koshyari’s ‘secular’ remark to Uddhav Thackeray, Amit Shah replied, “I have gone through the letter. He has made a passing reference. However, I also feel that he should have been more restrained in the choice of his words.”

The governor’s (Bhagat Singh Koshyari) letter followed by the chief minister’s reply was an unavoidable controversy – Sanjay Raut

The governor’s letter followed by the chief minister’s reply was an unavoidable controversy and we haven’t started it. But, we are satisfied with the Union Home Minister’s stand and thank him for understanding the reason of our anger.

He made passing reference but could have avoided selection of particular words – Amit Shah on Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s letter to Uddhav Thackeray

Days after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari stirred up a hornet’s nest by questioning if Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had turned secular, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Koshyari could have chosen his words better. “He has made a passing reference, but I also believe that he (Governor) could have avoided the selection of those particular words” said Shah.

Turban Row in West Bengal: Akali Leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa-led delegation met Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Rajbhawan

Shiromani Akali Dal national spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa led a delegation to Kolkata demanding justice for Balwinder Singh. Sirsa-led delegation met Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Rajbhawan. The SAD leader even submitted a representation to the Governor Dhankhar claiming that Balwinder Singh’s turban was pulled at by the policemen. The Governor assured the delegation that necessary action will be taken in the matter.

Delegation led by Manjinder Singh Sirsa submitted a representation regarding disgracing a Sikh’s Dastar – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Delegation led by President Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee Manjinder Singh Sirsa submitted a representation regarding disgracing a Sikh’s Dastar (headgear) that is grave insult to entire Sikh Community and demanded justice for Balwinder Singh. As Governor I asured the delegation that all steps would be taken for such outrage. In no civilised society such blatant abuse of police power in disregard of Supreme Court directives in the case of DK Basu can be countenanced or condoned.

Political violence is stigmatising the state – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

West Bengal is the cultural epicentre of the world. Political violence is stigmatising the state. We have an unrivalled heritage. Why should our face be blackened by such kind of political violence, political vendetta, targeted killings with no space for the opposition? This is not democracy. In the month of August, in the state of West Bengal there were 223 rapes, there were 639 kidnappings; if we go by the hour, there were more than one rape or kidnapping during each hour of August, 2020.

All bureaucrats, in administration and police, must never forget that they have to be politically neutral – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

I have put both the chief secretary and the home secretary on caution. I am yet to get their response. All bureaucrats, in administration and police, must never forget that they have to be politically neutral. They are public servants, they are not political servants. The long arm of the law will catch up with them. We cannot have bureaucracy and police that is politicised.

Killing of BJP Leader Manish Shukla: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of ignoring his message

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of ignoring his message to speak with her “urgently” over the killing of a Bharatiya Janata Party leader in the state. Dhankhar had called a meeting after motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manish Shukla on Sunday in Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district when he was speaking with local residents and party workers near a police station.

Alarming nosediving law and order scenario Mamata Banerjee…Neither ACS Home nor DGP West Bengal Police responded – Jagdeep Dhankhar

Alarming nosediving law and order scenario Mamata Banerjee. Targeted political killings in spite of alert by Constitutional Head. Neither ACS Home nor DGP West Bengal Police responded. To CM at 10.47 PM “Would like to speak to you urgently !” Only silence that speaks volumes.

BJP leadership decided to take body of slain party leader Manish Shukla to Raj Bhavan in protest against Mamata Govt

In an unprecedented development, the state BJP leadership on Monday decided to take the body of slain party leader Manish Shukla to Raj Bhavan in protest against what it called “the murder of democracy”. The police, however, said the saffron party was denied permission to take the body to the Governor House.

Saddened to know about the death of former CM Syeda Anwara Taimur – Jagdish Mukhi

Saddened to know about the death of former CM Syeda Anwara Taimur-a veteran mass leader who championed the cause of politics with an undertone of people’s development. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

Mamata Banerjee wrote to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, said that the Governor’s aspersions sadly consist of uncorroborated judgments and insinuations

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and said he should remain within the mandate of the Constitution, expressing anguish over his letter to the state police chief over the law and order situation. “I was extremely upset, anguished and disillusioned on reading your captioned letter and the note addressed to the Director General of Police which was placed before me, as well as to see your Twitter post regarding the same,” she said.