Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The West Bengal Assembly passed a bill on Monday (June 13) to replace Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as chancellor of all state-run universities. The BJP said it would urge the state governor to send the bill to the President.
West Bengal University Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed in the legislative assembly after 182 members voted in favour of the legislation and 40 against it in the 294-member Assembly.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, who is the Leader of the opposition in the assembly, said he would meet the state governor to request that the bill is sent to the President.
“Education comes under the concurrent list. I will meet the Governor next Monday on the issue and will request to send it to Delhi (for the consideration of the President),” Adhikari told media persons here.
He has also alleged “false voting” in the assembly during the passage of the Bill.
BJP leaders said the TMC-led government wants to control everything, and the decision “to appoint the CM as chancellor of universities was aimed at facilitating direct interference of the ruling party in the state’s education system”.
The West Bengal government, after a cabinet meeting on Monday, gave its nod to the bill to replace Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and appoint Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the Chancellor of all state-run universities.
The move is seen as a fallout of the long-running battle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the governor. (ANI)