The standoff between the Trinamool Congress-led state government and West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose took a turn for worse after Raj Bhavan claimed that newly elected Dhupguri MLA Nirmal Chandra Roy allegedly did not turn up for his oath-taking ceremony on Saturday. Roy, however, has claimed that he did not receive any official intimation about the ceremony.
According to sources in the Governor’s secretariat, Raj Bhavan officials had completed all preparations for the swearing-in ceremony which was slated to be held on Saturday afternoon.
While Raj Bhawan officials claimed that they had informed Roy about the programme, both government officials and the legislator have denied being intimidated about the event.
When contacted by The Indian Express on Saturday, Roy said, “I did not know about the oath-taking ceremony and nobody called me to inform me about it.”
The confusion over the oath-taking ceremony prompted sharp comments from the TMC legislative party. State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said, “I do not know anything about this even as a minister. My office was also not informed. The Secretary of the Assembly and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly did not know anything about the ceremony.
The Raj Bhavan is directly calling a winning candidate for an oath-taking ceremony. Nirmal Chandra Roy called me to know when he will be taking the oath as an MLA. I had told him nothing was fixed yet. The Governor is creating various kinds of constitutional crisis.”
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The Governor did not immediately react to the allegations made by the TMC or Roy.
The Dhupguri bypoll was necessitated due to the death of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bishnu Pada Ray in July and was held on September 5. The counting for the bypoll was held on September 8 and Roy had won by nearly 4,400 votes defeating BJP candidate Tapashi Roy.
The Congress had supported CPI(M) candidate Ishwar Chandra Roy, who’s a popular folk artist.
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