Thursday, May 08, 2008

Do we need the governor?

As the Raj Bhavan in Calcutta switched off its lights for two hours to express "solidarity" with the ordinary folk who are forced to bear long power cuts, the ruling CPM has come alive with caustic comments for Gopal Krishna Gandhi's Gandhigiri act. Here's a sampling of the missives directed at Gandhi:

“He (the governor) should also walk to any non-government function within 10km of city limits. This will save fuel.” Shyamal Chakraborty, CPM leader

“If we save electricity, it is a good thing.” Prakash Karat, CPM general secretary

“It is high time the Centre ponders whether the post of governor is required. If need be, the Constitution should be amended to abolish the post. A non-elected person cannot judge elected representatives of the people.” Biman Bose, CPM state secretary

"Food scarcity is there in India. So it's a luxury to have two square meals a day. So easily his next step will be to skip at least one meal." Shyamal Chakraborty, CPM leader

The rhetoric aside, two valid questions:

1) Should a governor indulge in such publicity-gaining tactics that breach established protocol?

2) And, should we do away with the post altogether? Especially when the governor’s long been reduced to an agent of the ruling party in Delhi? More so, when posts are handed out to party loyalists and cronies?


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