The outgoing West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee had the vision and power to implement her decisions but her appeasement policy was adversely affecting the social harmony of the state.
According to him, the governor and Raj Bhavan work as a “safety valve.” He is scheduled to depart Raj Bhavan today evening. Tripathi, who has had several run-ins with Ms Banerjee during his five-year tenure, said she should look at every citizen equally without discrimination and advised the chief minister to keep a check on her sentiments and be restrained.
“Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has got vision, she has power to implement her decisions but she should be restrained also. She becomes sentimental on occasions, so she has to keep a control on it,” he added. Jagdeep Dhankar will be sworn-in as the new West Bengal governor on July 30.
“Her (Banerjee’s) policy of appeasement has the effect of adversely affecting societal harmony … I think she should look at every citizen equally. I believe that every citizen of West Bengal should be dealt with equally without discrimination,”
Asked whether he saw any discrimination in West Bengal, 85-year-old Tripathi said, “Discrimin-ation is apparent. Her (Banerjee) statements show the discrimination.” He also dismissed the Trinamul Congress’ slur on him of working at the behest of the BJP. Tripathi maintained that he quit the party before becoming the governor.
On the questions of whom to blame for the deterioration in law and order situation he elaborated, “Somewhere one party is responsible while another is involved on the other.” Tripathi added, “Progress in work cannot be made through discussion only. It can be achieved through cooperation. It cannot happen if someone is not eager to cooperate.”