Mamata Banerjee Demands West Bengal Governor's Resignation Amid Molestation Allegations

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demands Governor CV Ananda Bose's resignation after a woman accuses him of molestation. Bose screens CCTV footage to clear his name, but Banerjee claims it's edited and demands his resignation.

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Mamata Banerjee Demands West Bengal Governor's Resignation Amid Molestation Allegations

Mamata Banerjee Demands West Bengal Governor's Resignation Amid Molestation Allegations

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has intensified her demand for Governor CV Ananda Bose's resignation following allegations of molestation against him. Addressing a poll rally in Hooghly on Saturday, Banerjee stated that she would not visit the Raj Bhavan as long as Bose remains in office.

Why this matters: The allegations against the Governor of West Bengal have sparked a political row, highlighting the need for accountability among high-ranking officials and the importance of addressing sexual harassment allegations promptly. The incident also raises questions about the role of the Prime Minister in ensuring that governors uphold the dignity of their office.

The controversy erupted after a contractual woman employee of the Raj Bhavan lodged a complaint with the Kolkata Police, alleging that Bose had molested her in the governor's house on April 24 and May 2, 2024. In response, Bose screened multiple CCTV video of the Raj Bhavan premises on May 9 in an attempt to clear the air over the allegations.

However, Banerjee accused Bose of showing an edited version of the footage, claiming, "The governor had released an edited video. I saw the entire footage, and its contents are shocking. The truth is yet to come out. I have got another video. Your conduct is shameful." She further questioned Bose's authority to harass a woman and demanded an explanation for why he must not resign.

The Chief Minister also criticized Bose's alleged high-handedness, stating, "The governor says 'didigiri' will not be tolerated...But, I say Mr Governor, your 'dadagiri' will not work anymore." Banerjee asserted that if invited to the Raj Bhavan, she would refuse to go and instead prefer to meet Bose on the streets.

The molestation allegations have sparked a political row in West Bengal, with the Trinamool Congress accusing Bose of acting at the behest of the BJP. The Kolkata Police had set up an inquiry team to probe the allegations on May 3 and sought CCTV footage from the Raj Bhavan. However, Bose asked the Raj Bhavan staff to ignore the police inquiry, citing his constitutional immunity under Article 361.

The alleged victim has also criticized Bose for disclosing her identity in the unedited CCTV footage shown to a select group of people and journalists. She emphasized that the governor should have provided the footage to the police at the outset of the investigation instead of orchestrating what she called a "ridiculous drama" to deflect from his actions.

As the controversy continues to unfold, Banerjee has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the matter, implying that he should take a stance on the allegations against the governor. With the Lok Sabha elections underway in West Bengal, the incident has become a major talking point in the state's charged political atmosphere. The Kolkata Police maintains that its inquiry is focused on the allegations and not targeted at any individual, while Bose dismisses the accusations as a political ploy.

Key Takeaways

  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demands Governor CV Ananda Bose's resignation over molestation allegations.
  • Bose accused of molesting a contractual woman employee at Raj Bhavan on April 24 and May 2, 2024.
  • Banerjee claims Bose released edited CCTV footage to clear his name, sparking a political row.
  • Kolkata Police set up an inquiry team, but Bose cites constitutional immunity and refuses to cooperate.
  • Banerjee questions PM Narendra Modi's silence on the matter, implying he should take a stance on the allegations.