West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blocks Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Twitter. She said “I have been forced to block Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Twitter. Everyday he was issuing tweets targeting and threatening govt officials as if we’re his bonded labourers,” as per ANI. 

The All India Trinamool Congress leader also said that she was “disturbed” by his tweets, accusing the governor of threatening the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police, apart from tapping phones. 

Banerjee said “I have written several letters to the PM (Modi) about him. That he is not listening and he is threatening everyone. I have even been to him and spoke with him. We have been patiently suffering for the past year. He has not cleared several files. He is keeping every file pending”. She went on to add that no action has been taken from the centre yet. 

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The CM and governor Dhankhar share an acrimonious relationship. The latter has been a vocal critic of the Chief Minister and her party’s actions. Dhankhar recently tweeted that Banerjee is “constitutionally ordained to discharge duty under Article 167 of the constitution to impart information on Pandemic Purchase Scam and other issues”. He added that once such information is sought by the governor, it cannot be screened by the state government. 

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However, Banerjee’s decision to block him most likely comes after Dhankhar took a swipe at her administration, on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, calling West Bengal a gas chamber for democracy. He said, “I cannot see the hallowed land of Bengal getting blood drenched (in violence) and becoming a laboratory for trampling of human rights. People are saying that the state is turning into a gas chamber of democracy. There is no rule of law in Bengal. Only the ruler rules here. It is my responsibility to protect the Constitution.”