Dhankhar asks Mamata to withdraw 'Jihad against BJP' remark

KOLKATA: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw her remark on "jihad against the BJP" being "the most unconstitutional declaration."

Following a protest from the state BJP, Dhankar Dhankhar wrote to the chief minister on Wednesday night.

"Your June 28 Asansol statement, enclosed hereto, 'Declaring July 21, 2022 as "A day of 'jihad' against the BJP' has sought constitutional intervention," the West Bengal Governor wrote. "A 10-member BJP delegation led by Hon'ble Leader of the Opposition, Suvendu Adhikari, has submitted a representation.

"The statement, which was made public in the video, is quite regrettable and suggests constitutional anarchy. How someone serving as Chief Minister and bound by the Constitution could declare such a heinous act of "jihad" against a political party defies logic and reason. The rule of law and democracy are doomed as a result. There is nothing more authoritarian and anti-democratic "Dhankar further wrote. Mamata Banerjee  was requested to retract the statement by Dhankhar.

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