Need for moderation and restraint

The last thing that West Bengal needed at this moment is a spat between two seats of power, Raj Bhavan and Nabanna. Raj Bhavan has a point when it says that the conversation between a Governor and a Chief Minister is supposed to be confidential and should not be brought into the public domain. The situation in West Bengal is taut and fraught. There are elements in every camp who want to stir up trouble. The need of the hour is to exercise moderation and restraint. Mamata Banerjee is known to be temperamental and can work herself up at any provocation but as a mature and experienced politician she is expected not to allow herself to be provoked easily.
The sensitivity of the situation is underlined by the fact that a Facebook posting led to large-scale violence in a wide area in North 24-Parganas. The posting has since been deleted and the person responsible arrested but the mischief has been done.  The intensity of the violence leading to arson, vandalism and looting shows that the local administration was unaware of what was cooking and totally unprepared to deal with the situation early. This is a serious lapse which needs to be corrected so that such things may not recur in future. Mischief-mongers are around and they will try to create trouble whenever an opportunity occurs or can be created.
Mamata Banerjee’s government must not only be impartial and even-handed but must appear to be so. There are elements in her party and government whose record does not inspire public confidence. There is no gainsaying the fact that there is a public perception that she is bending over backwards to keep the minority community in good humour. This is being taken advantage of by the entire gamut of her political opponents. The Durga Puja festival is coming. All concerned should bend their efforts to maintain peace, tranquility and amity among different sections of the people. 
Full cooperation between the State Government and the Centre is essential to maintain peace. The State has to turn to the Centre for reinforcing paramilitary forces to augment the State police and the Centre is expected to respond readily to such requests. Strained Centre-State relations will create more problems and the people will be the ultimate sufferers. Extending the same logic, Raj Bhavan and Nabanna should be on the same wave length and should not be seen to be sparring.

Saturday, 8 July, 2017