Rahul Sinha terms Guv as a Modi brigade solider' cat is out the bag, says TMC

6 Jul 2017

BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha today termed West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi "a soldier of Modi brigade", a remark the ruling Trinamool Congress was prompt to latch on to saying "the cat is out of the bag".

Referring to the spat between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Tripathi, Sinha said: "The Trinamool Congress is under the illusion that it can silence K N Tripathi by making hollow remarks and attacking the office of the Governor." "But they have forgotten one thing - K N Tripathi is a soldier of the Modi brigade. He cannot be stopped from performing his duty," he told newspersons here. Sinha said the Governor's recent statement has proved that he is "not afraid" of the TMC. Tripathi had on Wednesday said it was wrong to say the Raj Bhavan has become the office of BJP or RSS. "The Raj Bhavan is not a department of the state government and is open to every citizen for redressal of his or her grievances," he had said.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: "We have been saying this for a long time that the Governor is working on behalf of BJP and RSS and now Sinha's comment has proved that we are right." "Now the cat is out of the bag," he said. The BJP thinks it would advance to capture power in the state by turning the Raj Bhavan into its party office, he added. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya today said the West Bengal government has "stooped to a new low" by trying to "malign" the office of the governor in order to "divert" attention from its own failures. Coming out in support of the state Governor K N Tripathi, Vijayvergiya said: "K N Tripathi is a seasoned politician. He was speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He is well aware of the Constitution and its norms.

"The Trinamool Congress is verbally attacking the governor and trying to malign his office in order to divert attention from the communal violence and its failure to control the situation. In doing so, it has stopped to a new low." "The TMC government, just for the sake of vote bank politics, allowed the incident to happen. In order to appease the minority, the majority community was made to suffer. Had the police taken action on the very first day, things would not have snowballed into such a situation. The police remained a mute spectator," he charge. Accusing the state police of failing to control the situation, Vijayvergiya, who is also the party's in-charge of the state, had on Tuesday urged Union home minister Rajnath Singh to intervene.

State Food Supplies minister and TMC president of North 24 Parganas district, Jyotipriyo Mullick, refuted the allegations of Vijayvergiya and accused the BJP and other "Hindu groups" of "fomenting trouble" in the area.