Governor Jagdeep Dhankar today defended his decision to go to Jadavpur University during a protest where union minister of state Babul Supriyo was manhandled, and also said that he cannot ‘cross the limit and go against the law.’ The governor further said that he had no hidden agenda in West Bengal as claimed by a section of the people.

“I am a copy-book Governor. I don’t have an agenda. I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time only after taking oath as the Governor. My duty is to protect the Constitution, and I have come here to serve the people of West Bengal,” Dhankar said at an event in Siliguri organised to inaugurate the North Bengal Chapter of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

The statements come at a time when relations between Raj Bhavan and the ruling Trinamul Congress have come under strain over the visit of Dhankar, who is also the Chancellor of the Jadavpur University, to the university campus to extricate minister Supriyo from the protesting students on 19 September.

“I went there as the chancellor of the university, because the VC (Suranjan Das) and pro- VC (Pradip Kumar Ghosh) had left the place. I decided to go there as the guardian of the students to hold discussions with them. I told them I was a foot soldier of the students. The students respected me there. I always believe there should be no division and no quarrel in educational institutions as they should be temples.

If anything happens with a student, many families will be affected,” he said. Meanwhile, taking a potshot at Dhankar, TMC party secretary- general Partha Chatterjee said, “The Governor should not misuse the Constitutional jurisdiction and should avoid political gimmicks.”