The customary animosity between Chief Ministers and Governors in many states where the BJP is not in power is not present in the current CM-Governor relationship in Bengal.
On Monday, Governor CV Ananda Bose praised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her political skill and literary achievements after being presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Father Felix Raj, the Vice-Chancellor of St. Xavier’s University.
“This is not for her political acumen. She has received similar awards for her political acumen from the people’s university earlier as well,” Bose said, referring to the successive mandates won by Banerjee and Trinamool Congress. “This is a recognition for her pursuit of excellence in literature, in painting, in poetry,” he said.
It is rare to find such a friendly atmosphere in states where the BJP is in the opposition, and the situation has been particularly strained in Bengal since the time Jagdeep Dhankhar was replaced as Governor by Bose. Dhankhar is now the Vice President of India, and his relationship with the state government was often strained, with the Trinamool Congress accusing him of acting as an agent for the BJP in Bengal due to his many negative comments about the state administration.
Bose remarked that some of the most illustrious politicians and political leaders ever to grace literature and writing are Václav Havel, the former President of the Czech Republic, who was a writer, poet, and novelist; Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Spalding Professor of Oxford, who was a thinker and author; APJ Abdul Kalam, who wrote Wings of Fire to inspire young people; and AB Vajpayee, whose team included Mamata Banerjee. He also mentioned Winston Churchill and John Milton, who is best known for Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained but was also a statesman in his time.
“We, the people of Bengal, are glad that in this distinguished league we have none other than Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Kudos to her on this deserved recognition. ,” the governor said. “It is a matter of great delight to me that I have been able to witness this great occasion when my distinguished constitutional colleague, Mamata Banerjee, is honored ‘deservedly’ by this great institution,” Bose said.
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