Do not create misconceptions, Raj Bhavan’s reaction on Mamata’s comment that women feel unsafe in Governor’s House

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The Raj Bhavan said on X that public representatives are expected to uphold the Constitution and avoid making false and defamatory assumptions which may cast doubt on the Governor.

The West Bengal Governor’s Office on June 28 criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks that women allegedly feel unsafe visiting the Raj Bhavan. The Raj Bhavan said in its statement that public representatives are expected not to create false and reprehensible notions. The reaction comes amid a deadlock over the swearing-in of two newly-elected TMC MLAs in the state. Baranagar MLA Sayantika Bandopadhyay and Bhagabangola MLA Rayat Hussain Sarkar have refused to take oath at the Raj Bhavan as requested by CV Anand Bose, instead they have been staging a sit-in in the assembly premises since Thursday and insisting that the swearing-in be held in the assembly.

The Raj Bhavan said on X that public representatives are expected to uphold the Constitution and refrain from making false and defamatory assumptions that may cast doubts on the governor. Mamata had on Thursday alleged that she had received complaints from women who felt unsafe visiting the Raj Bhavan after reports of certain activities there, and asserted that the governor had no right to stop the oath-taking process.

Referring to the allegation of molestation of a woman at the Governor’s House in May, actor-turned-politician Sayantika Bandopadhyay on Thursday said, “My family members will not allow me to go to the Raj Bhavan alone as they are also aware of the reports. A woman is being molested there. Who will take responsibility for my safety and security?”

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