Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar stated that he “is neither a post office nor a rubber stamp” and his biggest mission will be to offer free and fair Assembly elections in Bengal.
Mr Dhankhar, who has been at odds with the TMC government ever since he took charge in July 2019, and claimed he has detailed information about the 2018 Panchayat polls in the state and will not be repeated again.
He said those who stand for free and fair elections will be sternly dealt with.
“As governor my biggest task is to ensure that the 2021 polls are conducted in a free and fair manner. Central forces will come on time. I am not a party to politics or stake holder in politics,” the Governor told the reporters at Sarisa, in South 24 Parganas. The area falls in Diamond Harbour parliamentary constituency.
“My objective remains that the people of Bengal cast their votes. Those who will oppose this (free and fair polls) will be sternly dealt with,” he added.
Dhankhar said that there has been incorporation of administration with politics in West Bengal and declared “The system has to be neutralised. It will be neutralised.”
Taking exemption to the absence of any senior district official during his visit to locality, he said the Governor’s post should be shown with due respect as per protocol. “I am not speaking as Jagdeep Dhankhar but as governor.”
“I can assure you such things will not be allowed to continue. I am taking note of every such violation of service protocol,” he further added.