Days after the Trinamool Congress government faced flak from governor MK Narayanan for alleged mishandling of affairs in Garden Reach which led to violence where a sub-inspector was killed, party MP Saugata Ray today blamed the media for 'misinterpreting' the governor's version.
"The governor is an experienced person. He didn't mean to say such things. It is created by the media. He knows very well that the state cabinet is appointed by the chief minister," Ray told reporters today.
Narayanan had slammed the Trinamool Congress-run government for transferring the city police commissioner after the February 12 Garden Reach violence and raised questions on whether the regime was capable of running the government.
"We have an elected government and it is elected with a massive mandate. I presume they should answer whether they are capable of running a government or not. The governor can't answer that, he can only act," Narayanan had said.
His statement had drawn sharp reaction from the Trinamool leadership with party MP Sultan Ahmed asking the governor to stop "behaving like an IPS officer."
Following criticism by the governor and political circles, the Garden Reach case was taken away from Kolkata police and handed over to the CID, an unprecedented move in recent times.
However, Narayanan on Sunday welcomed the fact that an investigation was going on.
"The investigation is going on. It is always good," he said.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress leaders, including ministers Firhad Hakim and Madan Mitra, today visited a crematorium to pay their respects to deceased party activist Avijit Sil.
"He (Avijit) was our party activist. So we have come to pay our respects. He was also a resident of my constituency," senior Trinamool leader and MP Subrata Bakshi told reporters.
Avijit, son of TMC leader Ranjit Sil, was injured in an explosion while allegedly making crude bombs, a night before violence erupted near Hari Mohan Ghosh College in Garden Reach area where the police officer was killed. He died of his injuries yesterday.
On Saturday, Firhad Hakim was removed from the post of government spokesperson and was asked to keep a low profile by the Trinamool leadership, following heavy pressure from quarters for his alleged role in shielding some of those involved in the February 12 violence.
When Governor MK Narayanan was asked today whether he felt that Hakim should be arrested or removed from his post for allegedly playing a role, he said, "No".
However, Ray today claimed that the report of Hakim being asked to keep a low profile and being removed from the post of government spokesperson was a media creation.