Felt humiliated during durga carnival: Dhankhar

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday said he felt insulted at the Durga Puja carnival in the city, but asserted that being a servant of the people of West Bengal he would not be deterred to discharge his constitutional duties.

Dhankhar claimed that he was “completely blacked out at the programme”, organised by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government to showcase some of the big-ticket pujas.

The ruling TMC was quick to hit back, accusing Dhankhar of being “publicity hungry” and acting in a manner that does not “befit a governor”.

According to sources, Dhankhar was unhappy with the seating arrangement at Friday’s carnival. He was given a seat from where he couldn’t watch the programme properly, they said.

“I felt insulted at the carnival. I am deeply hurt and disturbed. The insult was not to me but to every person of Bengal. They will never digest such as insult.”

“I am a servant of the people of West Bengal. Nothing can deter me from performing my constitutional duties,” Dhankhar stated on the sidelines of a programme here.

This is an unusual kind of censorship, he said. “I was sitting there for four long hours but was completely blacked out. How can you censor me after inviting me? Someone called me to say the incident was reminiscent of the Emergency period.

“I was pained so much that that it took me three days to come out of the shock,” he maintained.

Accusing Dhankar of “trying to make an issue out of a non-issue”, senior TMC leader Tapas Roy said, “Why is he commenting on the matter after a week? He is just publicity hungry. He is acting in a manner which does not befit a governor,” Roy said.

Reacting to TMC’s reaction later, Dhankhar told PTI that his comments were not sudden and had told the chief minister on the day of carnival that there are several points on which he would react after some time.