INTERVIEW | I got good equation with Didi, but I will nip her May 2 like violence in bud forever: Bengal Governor

Goal is to ensure a peaceful election process, and I will play my part in facilitating and promoting an environment where people can express their choices freely and without fear of violence.

KOLKATA | Updated: 03 August, 2023 2:33 pm IST
West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose.

KOLKATA: In an exclusive Q&A session with TNI special correspondent Joymala Bagchi, Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose has sent out a stern message saying that he would see to it that poll violence in Bengal becomes a thing of the past. He also put an end to the speculations surrounding potential disagreements with the state government. He said he has perfect understanding and cooperation with his constitutional colleague — Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, dispelling any notions of a loggerhead between Nabanna and Raj Bhavan.

Addressing the recent panchayat elections in West Bengal, which were plagued by violence, Governor Bose acknowledged the unfortunate reality of such incidents. He expressed deep concern over the violence, stating that steps must be taken against those miscreants who disrupt the electoral process.

Excerpts from the interview:

JOYMALA BAGCHI: Sir, there have been talks regarding a loggerhead between Nabanna and Raj Bhavan What is your comment on it?

BENGAL GOVERNOR CV ANANDA BOSE: There is no difference of opinion. Maybe there is no conflict between the governor and the government. There is perfect understanding with my constitutional colleague, the Chief Minister.

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JOYMALA BAGCHI: Sir, as you have always told us about Rabindranath Tagore and you have been thoroughly inspired by him, in this scenario, what do you think about the violence-marred West Bengal panchayat elections we witnessed recently? You personally visited many families affected by the violence, and they shared their experiences with you. Can you share your reaction to this situation?

CV ANANDA BOSE: There is no denying the fact that there was violence during the panchayat elections. That’s a fact. We have to take strong actions against those miscreants who take the law into their hands and hold society accountable. The process of addressing this issue has started, and we are committed to waging a relentless war against violence. Violence will be eradicated, there’s no doubt about that.

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JOYMALA BAGCHI: Sir, indeed, there has been a history of violence during elections in West Bengal, and the upcoming 2024 election is a major concern. What do you think will be your role in handling this situation and ensuring a peaceful election?

CV ANANDA BOSE: Election violence in Bengal should be confined to the pages of past history; it should not be part of our future. That’s the vision for which we are working together. Our goal is to ensure a peaceful election process, and I will play my part in facilitating and promoting an environment where people can express their choices freely and without fear of violence.

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