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Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Shuvendu Adhikari skipped the swearing-in ceremony of new Governor Anand Bose on Wednesday. He alleged that the TMC government humiliated him by giving him a seat next to the two MLAs who crossed over from the BJP to the ruling party after last year’s assembly polls.
Adhikari, a BJP leader, also claimed that the TMC government was indulging in vendetta politics as it was yet to recover from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s defeat in Nandigram. “In order to humiliate me and the BJP at the swearing-in ceremony, I was given a seat next to two MLAs who had won the elections on BJP tickets last year and later resigned as MLAs of the saffron camp,” he said. Had gone to TMC without.
This TMC government is acting in a vindictive manner, the official told reporters. It is yet to digest the fact that the TMC supremo lost to me in Nandigram. The government did not maintain decorum and disrespected the chair of the Leader of the Opposition. That’s why I left the program.
Leader of the Opposition Adhikari was pointing to Rajyaganj MLA Krishna Kalyani and Bangaon MLA Vishwajit Das. CV Anand Bose took oath as the Governor of Bengal earlier in the day. He was administered the oath by Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava. During this Chief Minister Banerjee, other Ministers of State and Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee were present.
TMC MPs Sudip Bandopadhyay and Mala Roy were given front row seats at the event, while BJP Balurghat MP and state president Sukant Mazumdar were given back row seats, the official said. He said, Mamata Banerjee had an opportunity to show grace for an occasion like the swearing-in ceremony of the Honorable Governor. She failed to do so.
While reacting to the officer’s allegations, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that the BJP leader did not attend the program due to trivial reasons. Ghosh said, officers are not saints who can make tall claims about etiquette. We are aware of the kind of language he uses against our Chief Minister every day. He was given due respect as the Leader of the Opposition at the swearing-in ceremony. He has set a wrong precedent by leaving the program.