Kolkata: Ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s scheduled visit to Kolkata where he will address a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the West Bengal Raj Bhavan on Saturday went public with an old communication where Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had asked for details on the “misuse of funds” for protest against the legislation. Also Read - Amit Shah to Address Pro-CAA Rally in Kolkata Today, Massive Protests Expected Across City
“The Governor is of the opinion that that presence of senior officials of the State in the advertisement has raised critical issues and that’s beyond their expected conduct and propriety,” the letter said, asking for details about the amount spent or due to be spent on the advertisements and the names and other details of officials who sanctioned the campaign.
The letter –dated February 4– from Special Secretary Raj Bhavan to the Principal Secretary Information and Cultural Affairs of the State government, stated the Governor’s objections to the Mamata Banerjee government’s advertisement campaign against the law.
The letter added that the ad campaign was stayed by the Calcutta High Court, and claimed that a large number of people had expressed alarm over “such misuse of public funds for furthering the political strategy or prospects of the ruling party and sought interventions from Governor”.
Amit Shah will today address a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally at the Shahid Minar Maidan in Kolkata, his second on the issue since communal violence broke out across northeast Delhi earlier this week, in which 42 people were killed and more than 200 injured. He would be accompanied by BJP National President JP Nadda.