Ice thawing? West Bengal govt to provide chopper to Dhankhar

Kolkata: In what can be seen as a sign of reconciliation between the state administration and the Raj Bhavan, the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to provide Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with a helicopter for his travel to Santiniketan on Thursday.

The governor’s secretariat had requested a chopper from the state government for Dhankhar’s travel and, unlike previous occasions, it has been approved. “We had sought a chopper for the governor to travel to Santiniketan to attend a programme. It was approved by the state government,” a Raj Bhavan official said on Tuesday.

The development comes a day after Dhankhar held a meeting with state Finance Minister Amit Mitra and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee to discuss the state Budget session scheduled to start from February 7.

Chatterjee, also secretary general of the ruling Trinamool Congress, had a meeting with Governor for over an hour on Sunday too. A senior TMC leader said the development is an indication of both the Raj Bhavan and the state government softening their stance.

Over 30 have died due to NRC: Didi

CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said more than 30 people have died in the state over the panic created regarding a proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens and cautioned the masses not to be candid or hand over papers if somebody goes to their places seeking information and documents. “I have said time and again that I won”t allow any NRC exercise in Bengal. But despite my assurances, over 30 people have so far died because of the panic over NRC,” she said.