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BJP rush to meet Tripathi

Calcutta, July 24: Siddharth Nath Singh, the BJP’s minder for Bengal, today said he would lead a “high-level” delegation to governor Kesharinath Tripathi early next month and apprise him of “Trinamul-sponsored terror” across the state.

Tripathi, a former BJP president of Uttar Pradesh, was today sworn in the 20th governor of Bengal in a programme that CPM and Congress leaders skipped.

Singh, who came down from Delhi to attend the swearing-in, said his delegation would be among the “first visitors” to Raj Bhavan. “At a meeting on July 28, we will prepare the report on Trinamul-sponsored terror across the state. We will submit the report to the governor when we visit him,” said Singh, who described himself as “one of Tripathi’s closest acquaintances”.

Both Singh and Tripathi hail from Allahabad.

According to Raj Bhavan sources, Tripathi would leave for Allahabad tomorrow and return to Calcutta on July 31. On August 1, he will receive President Pranab Mukherjee, who will leave for Malda to inaugurate the Ghani Khan Chowdhury Institute of Engineering and Technology.

State BJP president Rahul Sinha today said the party “needed” to apprise the governor of alleged Trinamul atrocities across Bengal.

BJP insiders said party leaders in Bengal were likely to make more such visits to Tripathi, a five-time BJP MLA and former Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

Asked about the new governor, Trinamul secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said: “Let’s see for sometime how he functions as governor. Only then will we be able to comment.”

Governor Tripathi, asked about the absence of Opposition leaders at the swearing-in, said: “I don’t know why they did not come. They don’t know me and I don’t know them. Let them be happy.”

While CPM leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said he was touring north Bengal, Left Front chief whip Biswanath Karak said he was not invited.

Congress leader Mohammed Sohrab echoed Karak. “The government sent a letter to Congress state chief Adhir Chowdhury knowing that he would be busy in Parliament. But I was dropped from the list of invitees. This is unprecedented,” he said.