Calcutta: Governor of Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday contradicted the news of his “assent” to the 2021 Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) bill, hours after a division bench led by the chief justice of Calcutta HC recorded the same in a tentative order on civic polls.
In a tweet, Dhankhar said: “Media reports that Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar has agreed to exclude areas of Bally Municipality from Howrah Municipal Corporation are incorrect …” In a previous tweet, he said : “This is under consideration under Article 200 of the Constitution, as state government contributions are expected.
The messages did not match the submission of the Bengal Advocate General to a bench by Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Judge Rajarshi Bharadwaj.
The bench, in an interim order uploaded on Friday, noted the attorney general’s submission that the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) bill 2021 has received the governor’s assent. “Clarifying the position regarding the Howrah Municipal Corporation, the lean attorney general initially said that a bill had already been passed by the state legislature, separating the Howrah Municipal Corporation into Howrah Municipal Corporation and Bally Municipality and that the bill is awaiting approval before the honorable governor, but later informed that Bill had received the assent of the governor, ”the bench noted.
This is the first time that the head of state has contradicted his government in court.
Trinamool’s top congressional official and MP Saugata Roy did not fall into the gap, but felt the governor should not have delayed consideration of the bill. “What the governor is doing is not correct. The governor shouldn’t have delayed it that long… He had raised objections and wanted clarification and that was answered by the state government, ”Roy said.
Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, PMO Rajya Sabha member and HC lawyer, said: “The governor is not always right. The way the state government acts is also undesirable. ”
Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar pointed out a lack of coordination between Raj Bhavan and Nabanna, but trusted Raj Bhavan’s secretariat. “There must be documentation with
the governor’s secretariat, ”he said.
Pradesh Congress President Adhir Chowdhury said the difference between Raj Bhavan and the state government on the facts was “undesirable”.
The war of nerves began in November when the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) bill 2021, passed in the Assembly’s winter session, was submitted to the governor for approval. The governor asked for clarification, calling the legislation “arbitrary, unfair and unwise”.