W Bengal/ Mamata Banerjee misused govt funds, advertisements on NRC and citizenship law unconstitutional: Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Kolkata: The advertisement, in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee states that NRC and citizenship law will not be enforced in West Bengal, is unconstitutional and a head of government can’t use public money for such campaigns, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters at Raj Bhavan, Dhankhar urged those in a position of power not to avoid responsibility as it is no occasion to play politics.

“How can an elected head of a government use public money to give advertisement in national media that there will be no NRC, no CAB in state? This advertisement is unconstitutional,” the governor said.

“As Constitutional head, I had very gracefully invited her (CM) attention, I had urged her to withdraw it.

I am sure you all will agree that public money can’t be used to lead an agitation against law of the land,” he added.

‘Law and order situation of Bengal is very bad’: Dhankhar said, “The law and order situation of the state is very bad. Government property is being arbitrarily and brutally damaged. Fear has been instilled in the minds of people belonging to certain sections of society.”

Furious demonstrations took place in Bengal, buses and trains were burnt: Protesters had lodged protests against the citizenship law and NRC in several districts including Kolkata, Murshidabad, Howrah in Bengal. Recently, railway stations, government offices were ransacked and burnt. Violent mob jammed National Highway 34 and set fire to 10 buses. Five empty trains were burnt in a loco shed. After this, Chief Minister Mamata had asked the protesters to protest but not take the law in their hand.