Amid the ongoing war of words between the Trinamool Congress government and Raj Bhawan, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar along with his wife went to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence to attend Kali Puja and spent around two hours there.
Banerjee herself greeted Dhankhar and his wife and took them inside her residence. The chief minister and the governor were seen talking to each other cordially.
“I am glad to be here. Met several people. I heard that the songs that are being played here have been written by the chief minister herself. I requested her to give me a CD of her songs,” Dhankhar said.
Dressed in an off-white kurta-pyjama set and a sleeveless jacket, the governor also interacted with senior ministers and TMC leaders who attended the puja.
He even hugged state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee. There have been numerous run-ins between the governor and Chatterjee, also the TMC secretary-general, in recent times.
Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee also exchanged pleasantries with Dhankhar.
Mamata Banerjee had invited the governor and First Lady Sudesh Dhankhar to her south Kolkata residence on the occasion of Kali puja, after he had expressed his desire to visit her home during ‘Bhatri Dwitiya’ or ‘Bhai Dooj’.
Later, Banerjee wrote to Dhankhar inviting him to attend the 40-year-old Kali Puja at her residence in Kalighat.
Dhankhar, who took oath as the governor of West Bengal on July 30, had been at loggerheads with the state government over several issues — ranging from his seating arrangement at the Durga Puja carnival to security upgrade — since he rushed to Jadavpur University on September to “rescue” Union minister Babul Supriyo, who was being “heckled” by a section of students.
A controversy had erupted on Friday after a TMC leader, who was the chief patron of a club in Barasat near here, stepped down from the post after it invited the governor to inaugurate the Kali Puja.
Sunil Mukherjee, the chairman of TMC-run Barasat Municipality, had said he was unhappy with the club’s move as the “governor had a bias against the state government”.