West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar (Photo Credit: File)
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday demanded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw her reported "referendum" remark. Banerjee had reportedly dared the BJP to go for a UN-monitored referendum over the amended Citizenship Act and the proposed nationwide NRC. "If BJP has guts, it should go for a UN-monitored referendum on amended Citizenship Act and NRC," news agency PTI quoted Banerjee as saying.
Reacting to the widely reported remark of the West Bengal chief minister, Governor Dhankhad said, "I appeal CM Mamata Bannerjee to please withdraw her reported statement 'Let there be an impartial organisation like United Nations or National Human Rights Commission hold a referendum to see how many people are in favour or against Citizenship (Amendment) Act.'
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appeals CM Mamata Banerjee to withdraw her statement on holding 'referendum' on CAA and NRC#CitizenshipAmendmentAct— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) December 19, 2019
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The ties between Dhankhar and Banerjee has been strained with the Governor publicaly criticising the chief minister many a times. Recently, when Mamata Banerjee had led a protest march against the "divisive" Citizenship Amendment Act, Governor Dhankhar took offence and termed her protest "unconstitutional".
"I am extremely anguished that CM and Ministers are to spearhead rally against CAA, law of the land. This is unconstitutional. I call upon CM to desist from this unconstitutional and inflammatory act at this juncture and devote to retrieve the grim situation," Dhankhar had said.