Bengal Governor 'dedicated soldier' of Modi brigade: BJP

Kolkata: Describing West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi as a "dedicated soldier" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brigade, the state BJP on Thursday said criticism by Trinamool Congress will not deter him from walking the path of truth."Trinamool Congress thinks that bad-mouthing the Governor would bottle him up. But they are making a mistake here. He is a dedicated soldier of the 'Modi Vahini'. So, he will keep walking the path of truth," BJP's national General Secretary and former state President Rahul Sinha told reporters here.Referring to the press release issued by Tripathi's office on Wednesday evening in response to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party leaders' allegations, Sinha said the statement proved the Governor was not scared of Trinamool's tactics."The Governor is not scared of the Trinamool Congress. He will keep working towards the betterment of the country and the state. The statement he issued yesterday is proof of that," he added.Responding to Sinha's comments, Trinamool leader and state Education Minister Parth Chatterjee said such statements only confirmed the truth of Trinamool's allegation of the Governor's close affinity with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)."There is nothing left to be said. He is the ignorant chief of an ignorant group," Chatterjee said about Tripathi."Today, the cat is out of the bag. We have been saying for the last few days that the Governor's house has been transformed into a BJP office and the Governor himself is involved in the process. The statement of Rahul Sinha officially certifies our claims," he added.The clash between the Governor and the state's ruling party Trinamool Congress came to the fore after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused Tripathi of threatening and humiliating her during a telephonic conversation, prompting her party leaders to term the Governor as a "BJP cadre".The Governor, however, maintained that there was nothing threatening or humiliating in his words to the Chief Minister.On Wednesday, Trinamool leader and state's Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee strongly criticised the Governor's role in the whole controversy and termed him as "BJP's parrot".