The bitter relations between the West Bengal government and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi touched new lows after the state government accused the Governor of dishonouring his position by working "unconstitutionally beyond his jurisdiction" and Tripathi retorted by asking the state government to 'look at the mirror and wash its face before slinging mud at the Governor's office'.
The Governor recently wrote to the divisional commissioner of Malda district, expressing his wish to hold an administrative meeting to oversee development work and law and order situation. The TMC leaders urged the home minister to resolve the issue of "constitutional impropriety".
Tripathi made the comment while speaking at a programme at Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district. "Now, please stop mudslinging, targeting the office of the Governor". The TMC's reaction came after Tripathi said, "They should go to the washroom, look at their faces in the mirror and remove dirt from their faces". "He is talking about dirt on our faces". But I want to know what he thinks of those who are trying to deprive the people of their democratic rights, even dictating them on what to eat.
Municipal Affairs and Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim immediately responded saying that it was very unfortunate for a Governor to give a political statement which may denigrate the country's federal structure.
TMC general secreatary Partha Chatterjee said, "Age is a factor". "The governor has tarnished his post by writing a letter (to the official)".
In July 2017, after riots had broken out at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas, the chief minister and the Governor were caught in an exchange of words. His act goes against the Constitution and he has flouted it. The governor said this when reporters sought his reaction on the criticism by the TMC.
"We respect the Constitution, but the Governor can not be the super chief minister", Trivedi said on Tuesday. "By overstepping his constitutional duty as prescribed in Article 153 of Constitution, he has not only acted as spokesperson of the central government, but also as a spokesperson of the ruling party at the Centre", Chatterjee had earlier said.