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Mamata Banerjee Announces 'Shanti Vahini' To Maintain Peace In West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee, Keshari Nath tripathi

"He should understand that he has been nominated to the post.", she said.

Yesterday, against the backdrop of a violence in Basirhat in West Bengal, Banerjee accused Tripathi of "threatening" her over phone and talking "big on the law and order".

The Chief Minister said "peace-keeping" forces, called "shanti bahini", will be set up at the grass-roots level.

The Aam Aadmi Party today came out in support of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the governor's role was part of the BJP's larger design to "destabilise" governments in non-BJP states. How can he ask her to manage her party members. The government rushed in 400 BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation.

West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress has seized upon BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha's remark calling West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi "a soldier of Modi brigade".

Mr. Tripathi said, in a press statement, that there was nothing in the conversation, for "which the Hon'ble Chief Minister may have felt insulted, threatened or humiliated".

West Bengal witnessed an unprecedented political showdown on Tuesday with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indulging in a public spat.

"Instead of making accusations against him (Governor), it is better for the Chief Minister and her colleagues to direct their attention to maintain peace and law and order in the State without making any distinction on the basis of caste, creed or community", the statement said.

Taking exception to the TMC secretary-general's statement that he was crossing his constitutional limits, Tripathi said it was an attempt to cover up the lapses of the state government and divert attention from the main issue.

On Wednesday, though, she refused to comment on what the governor said. "He is the constitutional head".

"He is the ex-speaker of the (UP) assembly". He also alleged that Roy and a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government were "spreading rumours on social media (and) inciting violence". While Rajnath Singh's call to Mamata Banerjee was primarily to get a factual account of the communal tension that has broken out in North-24 Parganas district over an objectionable Facebook post, he is believed to have briefly touched upon her observations against the governor. Even so, a section of people attacked the police and vandalised private properties and police vehicles.