|Controversy erupts as top Tripura officials skip Guv’s call|
AGARTALA, Jan 3 - Tripura Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and DGP AK Sukla have skipped Governor Tathagata Roy’s summon to discuss ‘some important issues’ triggering a major controversy in the poll-bound State.
BJP legislator Ratan Lal Nath has sought a clarification from Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for not allowing the two top officials to meet the State’s constitutional head.
At a press conference, Nath said it was the Chief Minister who exhorted the Chief Secretary and DGP not to follow the Governor’s order. “Of late, the Governor had called up both the Chief Secretary and the top cop for discussion on some issues but they did not turn up following the no-signal from the Chief Minister”, he alleged.
“If such a development continues, the State will certainly face a constitutional crisis in the days to come”, Nath, who is also a lawyer, observed. However, CPI(M) central committee member Gautam Das strongly supported the Chief Minister’s move saying that summoning of two top-most officials at Raj Bhavan was totally unconstitutional.
“A Governor can’t summon the Chief Secretary or the DGP at Raj Bhavan without informing the Chief Minister, a democratically elected head of the Cabinet. Can our President call up any Union Minister or Cabinet Secretary without prior intimation to the Prime Minister?” he asked.
While briefing the media here on Wednesday, Das alleged the BJP has adopted dirty politics by welcoming two charge-sheeted accused in the murder of TV journalist Santanu Bhowmik.
“Of the five IPFT leaders, who had joined BJP recently, two – Ramendra Debbarma and Hasrai Debbarma are involved in the TV journalist murder case that rocked the entire nation. In the charge-sheet submitted by the SIT, it was shown that both Ramendra and Hasrai are absconding accused persons in the case”, he said.
Branding BJP a political party of mafia-goons and anti-social elements, the senior CPI (M) leader alleged the BJP has been persistently trying to create trouble in the poll-bound State.
“We came to know that a BJP delegation is scheduled to meet Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti in Delhi on Thursday on the electoral rolls which are scheduled to be published on January 5. I do believe, the CEC will play an impartial role in handling Assembly elections in Tripura”, he added.