Bengal Governor Visits Assam Camp Sheltering People Affected by Post-poll Violence


Guwahati: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday visited a camp in Assam’s Ranpagli, where several families claiming to be BJP supporters have taken shelter after they had allegedly faced atrocities at the hands of ruling Trinamool Congress workers following the assembly elections.

Accompanied by Nisith Pramanik, the BJP MP from Cooch Behar in north Bengal, Dhankhar went to the camp in Assam’s Dhubri district and interacted with the people, including women and children, who have taken refuge there.

Around 400 violence affected people from West Bengal, mostly BJP workers and their families are taking shelter in 2 camps in Assam. 

The run-up to his visit was marked by a war of words between the governor and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The chief minister on Wednesday wrote to him claiming that his visit to the post-poll violence-affected Cooch Behar district violates norms, while Dhankhar hit back saying he was discharging duties mandated by the Constitution.

He wrote back saying that he has been following the Constitution since taking oath as the governor and his visit to Cooch Behar was to share the pain and agony of the people suffering from the post-poll violence.