Mamata Banerjee Demands Governor's Replacement Amid Sandeshkhali Controversy

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demands Prime Minister Narendra Modi replace Governor CV Ananda Bose over the Sandeshkhali issue. Banerjee accuses Bose of spreading falsehood and protecting the accused, Sheikh Shahjahan, amid allegations of sexual assault and land grab.

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Mamata Banerjee Demands Governor's Replacement Amid Sandeshkhali Controversy

Mamata Banerjee Demands Governor's Replacement Amid Sandeshkhali Controversy

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi replace the state Governor, CV Ananda Bose, over the Sandeshkhali issue. Banerjee accused the Governor of spreading falsehood and protecting the accused, Sheikh Shahjahan.

Why this matters: The controversy surrounding the Governor's role in the Sandeshkhali issue has significant implications for the integrity of the state's governance and the rule of law. The demand for the Governor's replacement also highlights the ongoing power struggle between the state government and the central government, which could have far-reaching consequences for the political landscape of West Bengal.

Addressing an election rally in North 24-Parganas' Amdanga, Banerjee questioned Modi's silence on the allegations against Governor Ananda Bose. "The PM is still peddling lies about Sandeshkhali. He should be ashamed as the BJP's conspiracy has now become public," she said. The Chief Minister further asked, "Why did the PM not ask the governor to resign during his overnight stay at Raj Bhavan?"

The Sandeshkhali issue revolves around allegations of sexual assault and land grab against TMC strongman Shahjahan Sheikh. A purported video has surfaced, showing a local BJP leader claiming that over 70 women received Rs 2,000 each to participate in protests against Sheikh. Another clip shows a man resembling BJP's Sandeshkhali mandal president Gangadhar Kayal saying that the protests were staged at the behest of Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari.

During his campaign in West Bengal, PM Modi alleged that TMC goons were threatening the women of Sandeshkhali to protect the culprits. He claimed that the TMC was doing everything to protect the culprits of Sandeshkhali.

Adding to the controversy, a Raj Bhavan staffer has accused Governor CV Ananda Bose of molestation. Banerjee questioned why the PM did not ask the Governor to resign during his overnight stay at Raj Bhavan, highlighting the BJP's "true anti-woman character."

The demand for the Governor's replacement comes amid the ongoing election season in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee's comments are seen as a response to Prime Minister Modi's accusations against the Trinamool Congress over the Sandeshkhali issue. As the controversy continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how the situation will develop and impact the political landscape of West Bengal.

Key Takeaways

  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demands PM Modi replace Governor CV Ananda Bose over Sandeshkhali issue.
  • Banerjee accuses Governor of spreading falsehood and protecting accused Sheikh Shahjahan.
  • Controversy surrounds Governor's role in Sandeshkhali issue, impacting state governance and rule of law.
  • PM Modi accused of lying about Sandeshkhali, protecting Governor despite molestation allegations.
  • Demand for Governor's replacement amid election season in West Bengal, escalating power struggle.