‘Corrupt man’: Mamata targets Dhankar again; Bengal governor says ‘allegations unfortunate’ | India News

NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that governor Jagdeep Dhankar was named in a chargesheet in the 1996 Jain Hawala case. Mamata’s remarks evoked a strong retort from the governor who said there was not an iota of truth in the chief minister’s allegations and asked her to mention the chargesheet that named him.
Dhankhar described Banerjee’s accusations against him as a “knee-jerk reaction” to his raising questions over the contents of the speech he is supposed to read out at the start of the upcoming assembly session.
“He is a corrupt man. He was named in the chargesheet in the 1996 Hawala Jain case. Why has the central government allowed a governor like this to continue?” she told reporters at the state secretariat without elaborating on her allegations.
The Trinamool Congress supremo also said she has written multiple letters to the Centre for the removal of Dhankhar.
“As per the Constitution, I will continue to meet him, talk to him. and follow all the courtesies… But, the union government should act based on my letters,” she said.
Mamata also questioned the governor’s visit to north Bengal.
“Why did he suddenly tour north Bengal? I can sense a conspiracy to divide Bengal,” the CM alleged.
Reacting to Mamata’s charges, Dhankar said he had never been charged in Hawala Jain case as alleged.
“Bengal CM’s allegations are unfortunate, she should mention chargesheet of Hawala Jain case in which I was named,” he said.
However, when asked if he would take legal action against Mamata, Dhankar said: “Till date in Indian culture, no one has taken action against younger sister. I would not go that way. I am sad. Mamata Ji is a mature leader. Why did she do this?”
(With inputs from agencies)

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