New Delhi, Feb 8: A delegation of the Trinamool Congress comprising 30 MPs on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and complained against West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s “direct interference” in the state’s administrative affairs, party leader Derek O’Brien said.
The delegation also gave a memorandum to the Home Minister, who O’Brien said had promised to look into the matter.
“The Governor of West Bengal has called a meeting of district-level officials and police to review the working of development schemes of the state government and the central government, working of NGOs in rural areas and the law and order situation in the district of Murshidabad and bordering areas,” the MPs submitted in the memorandum.
“The meeting is sought to be conducted without the knowledge of the state government. Since law and order and other issues are exclusively within the domain of the state government, it is expected that a constitutional authority will not bypass its jurisdiction in this manner,” they told Singh.
They said that interfering in the functioning of the state administration was a “threat to the federal structure of our polity” and urged the Home Minister to resolve the issue.
“Our colleague Sukhendu Shekhar Roy carried a copy of Constitution along and read out relevant portions to the Home Minister. He has given us an assurance. So, we will wait,” O’Brien said.
The Trinamool Congress MPs have also been raising the issue of the Governor “overstepping his role” in both Houses of Parliament.