Amid protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in several parts of West Bengal, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar attacked the CM Mamata Banerjee over rally against CAA. The governor urged the CM to desist from “unconstitutional and inflammatory” actions. He said that the CM should pay attention to restoring normalcy in the state as West Bengal is burning in protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Protesters came on the street and vandalized government properties which resulted in huge losses.
Violent protests over the law have been raging over the past three days. A massive crowd of Muslim protesters torched many trains and police vehicles leaving many cops and people injured. The protesters ransacked railway stations in Murshidabad district and set ablaze railway tracks also.
Banerjee, who founded the party All India Trinamool Congress in 1998, is all set to take part in a rally in the city to protest against the amended Act. She also urged the people to join the protest march.
I am extremely anguished that the chief minister and ministers are to spearhead a rally against CAA, law of the land. This is unconstitutional. I call upon the chief minister to desist from this unconstitutional and inflammatory act at this juncture and devote to retrieve the grim situation,” Dhankhar tweeted.
Jagdeep Dhankhar also extended his gratitude towards the section of society who have urged the protesters to shun violence.
“Gratitude to Intellectuals, filmmakers, actors and stage artists who urged protestors to shun violence. Hope others in such a category would similarly come forward. We are constitutionally obliged to follow law of the land and as Governor enjoined to ensure it and am at it,” Jagdeep Dhankhar said in another tweet.
The governor had earlier slammed Banerjee’s opposition to the amended Act and said; “any person holding a constitutional post cannot oppose the law of the land”.
The chief minister, who is playing a lead role in protesting the Citizenship Act, will crisscross the entire city over the next three days, seeking its immediate revocation, sources in the TMC said.
Banerjee has been shouting since the day CAB bill passed that she will not allow the law to be implemented in Bengal.
She took to Twitter to provide the details of her rally which is scheduled to begin at 1 pm.
A mega rally will be held today in #Kolkata to protest against unconstitutional #CABBill and #NRC. It will begin at 1 pm near the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on Red Road and end at Jorasanko Thakurbari. Come, let us all, every section of society, join this people’s movement in a peaceful manner within the ambit of law,” She said.