Resolve differences, Rajnath urges both

5 Jul 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee following the public spat between the two over communal clashes in North 24 Parganas district.

The home ministry, in a written communication, also sought a detailed report from the West Bengal government on the violence in the district following an "objectionable" Facebook post and the steps taken to restore normalcy. In his separate telephone conversations with Tripathi and Banerjee, the home minister took stock of the prevailing situation in the riot-hit area.

The Governor and chief minister are believed to have explained their respective positions to the home minister, who counselled them to resolve their differences amicably, sources said. Making a dramatic allegation against the governor, the chief minister yesterday accused him of threatening and insulting her over the communal incident. Banerjee said she had even thought of quitting office over the "humiliation".