Kolkata: On the eve of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s scheduled visit to post-poll violence-affected Cooch Behar district, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to him claiming that it violates long-standing protocols followed by his predecessors in case of field visits.
In her letter, Banerjee also alleged that Dhankhar has been directly communicating with state government officers and dictating them, though she had earlier requested him to refrain from doing so. “I find from social media that you are unilaterally proceeding to Cooch Behar district on May 13 and, sadly, I find that to be violative of the long-standing norms as evolved over several decades.
“I, therefore, would expect you will kindly follow the well-established norms of protocol, as stated above, and desist from abrupt decisions with regards to field visits,” Banerjee’s letter to Dhnakhar read.
The CM referred to the ”Manual of Protocol and Ceremonials” of the home department of the state government, which says that visits of governors are finalised by the secretary of the governor after obtaining the orders of the government.
The governor on Tuesday said that he will visit areas affected by post-poll violence in Cooch Behar district on May 13.