Mamata Banerjee Accuses West Bengal Governor Of ‘Unconstitutional Activities’, Says BJP Will Be Defeated In 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee cautioned the state’s Governor Dr CV Ananda Bose against taking up a “challenge” with elected government.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the state’s Governor CV Dr CV Ananda Bose of “unconstitutional activities”.

Banerjee said “governor is violating constitutional norms”.

“I respect the chair but don't support his unconstitutional activities,” she said. 

She also cautioned the state’s Governor against taking up a “challenge” with elected government. 

“Don't take 'panga' (challenge) with elected government,” Banerjee said.

TMC chief Banerjee also targeted BJP saying that the party will be defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

“We ended CPI(M) rule in Bengal, now we will defeat BJP in Lok Sabha polls,” she said.

Earlier, at least eight people were killed and scores injured in a blast at an illegal firecrackers factory in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.

The explosion had taken  place on Sunday morning at the factory in Nilgunj's Moshpole within Duttapukur police station limits, around 30km north of Kolkata.

The blast's impact was so intense that over 50 houses in the neighbourhood were partially damaged and body parts of people were found on terraces of several buildings, a senior police officer said, adding they suspect several people were still stuck under the rubble.

Police said the owner of the illegal factory and his son, who was present in the unit, were also killed in the blast.

"The matter is under investigation. Guilty will be punished," the officer was quoted by  PTI as having said.

According to a senior police officer of Barasat police district, of the seven people undergoing treatment at a hospital, the condition of one is "very critical".

Governor Dr Bose had reached Duttapukur from Kolkata airport after returning to the city after a three-day trip to North Bengal.

"This is very shocking and disturbing. I was in Siliguri earlier in the day where one of our young friends died because of an assault on her modesty. That is very painful. Now, we have this incident. I understand that eight precious lives have been lost," Bose had said.

Later, after meeting the injured in Barasat Medical College and Hospital, Bose said police are taking effective action.