Bengal Governor read out Government version of his speech without deviation

Ankur Bhattacharya

Kolkata, 7 February : Ending all controversy and providing a great relief to the Trinamool Congress leaders,West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar read out the Government version of his speech in toto without any deviation, instead of with some corrections and addition, on the opening day of the budget session of the state assembly today.
The Governor till yesterday seemed determined to read out his customary speech in the House today in his own terms and had decided to read it out on the basis of his ‘own perception’ about the state and not as written by the state government in toto as per the tradition.
His unusual intention of making some changes in his speech had,however,kept everybody at the tenterhooks about his real motive which might add fuel to fire in his already strained relations with the state administration on various issues.
But instead of causing any such concern to anybody the Governor read out the exact version as prepared by the state government as per tradition during his nearly 90 minute long address.This has given a huge relief to the ruling party members besides ending all curiosity among others.
But later in a small twist of the whole event, the Governor after completing his speech went straight into the cabin of Speaker Biman Banerjee and held an impromptu meeting with the Speaker and Chief minister Mamata Banerjee for about half an hour.
However,the details of the meeting could not be known immediately as neither the Governor, nor the Chief minister said anything before his formal departure from the House amid a very cordial atmosphere.
Earlier, on his arrival at the House at around 2 p.m. this afternoon Governor Dhankar exchanged pleasantries with both the Speaker and the Chief minister before proceeding to address inside a full house.
It may be recalled that state Education and Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee and Finance minister Amit Mitra met Governor Dhankar twice at Raj Bhavan recently which was were officially termed as ‘Courtesy call’. Later state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha also called on him and submitted the Government version of the speech to him following a lengthy discussions on various issues.