Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar arrives to north Bengal on a week-long visit from June 21. A fresh controversy has erupted with BJP MP John Barla from Alipurduar demanding that North Bengal be made a Union territory, with party colleague. The others like lawmaker from Jalpaiguri Lok Sabha seat, Jayanta Roy who are coming out in support of it on June 15.
Chief Minister Banerjee has asserted accusing the BJP of trying to divide Bengal that such attempts will never succeed. Let us tell you that his visit also comes within days of meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah twice amid allegations of post-poll violence. The governor went to Delhi a day after a delegation of BJP MLAs petitioned him on the alleged deterioration of the law and order situation in the state. Dhankhar meanwhile also met Shah twice, on Thursday and on Saturday. During his five-day visit to Delhi, the governor also made courtesy calls to President Ram Nath Kovind and National Human Rights Commission chairperson Justice Arun Kumar Mishra. Dhankhar had written a letter to the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata alleging that she has been silent over post-poll violence in the state. This is Dhankar's second visit to north Bengal in two months. Following the declaration of results of the West Bengal assembly elections, which the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won with a huge majority. He had also visited Ranpagli in neighbouring Assam where people had taken shelter owing to the 'violence'. The Governor on Sunday tweeted that he will embark on a week-long visit to North Bengal from June 21. He will proceed to Darjeeling from Bagdogra airport following a stopover at Kurseong. Dhankhar, however, did not cite any reason for his visit.
Dhankhar, who has been at loggerheads on several issues since taking over in July 2019, also accused the police and administration in the state of being partisan.