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A typo that West Bengal Governor Dhankar is trying to play up

by | Feb 24, 2022 | India

Governor Jagdeep Dhankar's summoning of the Assembly past mid-night on March is only the latest attempt to embarrass the State government.
The Governor of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on August 20, 2019.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has summoned the Assembly on March 7 at 2 am. That sounds strange.

What is so pressing to discuss that the state assembly had to be called to session at midnight, that to after 10 days?

Actually, a typographical error on the part of the state government, recommending to the governor to summon the House at 2 am on March 7, is the culprit. This is led to a crisis of sorts in political circles in the Kolkata.

“Summoning WBLA (West Bengal Legislative Assembly) Invoking article 174 (1) of Constitution, accepting Cabinet Decision, Assembly has been summoned to meet on March 07, 2022 at 2.00 A.M. Assembly meeting after midnight at 2.00 A.M. is unusual and history of sorts in making, but that is Cabinet Decision,” Dhankar tweeted after issuing the orders.

West Bengal Assembly speaker Biman Banerjee termed it “an error” that could have been avoided. “The West Bengal government always wanted the assembly to assemble at 2 pm,” he added.

“Finding the timing of the session after midnight somewhat odd, an outreach effort was made by calling the Chief Secretary for urgent consultations before noon today. There was the usual compliance failure. The issue was determined by accepting the Cabinet Decision,” he added.

“CS (Chief Secretary) has been called upon to be present before noon today for urgent consultations in connection with summoning WB Assembly seeking to invoke authority of Guv (Governor) under article 174 of Constitution in pursuance to Feb (February) 21 Cabinet Decision as remitted to this office on Feb (February) 23,” Dhankar further said.

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