Kolkata, Apr 14 : Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today said he was prepared to go the extra mile to work shoulder to shoulder with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the interest and welfare of the people of West Bengal.
Paying floral tributes to Dr. B.R.Ambedkar on his 129th birth anniversary at a function organized at the Raj Bhavan here, Mr Dhankhar reiterated his appeal to Ms Banerjee to forthwith "end her lockdown" with the state's constitutional head and perform her constitutional duties accordingly. He particularly stressed that as per his oath under article 159 of the constitution, he has to serve the people of West Bengal to the best of his capacity.
'I am prepared to go the extra mile,' he stressed. 'The state is facing the COVID-19 challenge and the need of the hour is to rise above political and partisan interest and act in accordance with the constitution,' he stated. First Lady Sudesh Dhankhar and two members of the Indian Schedule Caste and Tribes Council were also present on the occasion. The governor called upon everyone to subscribe to the constitution, of which Dr Ambedkar is the chief architect. He indicated that it was a great honor for him to be a member of Parliament and union minister in 1990 when the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, was posthumously conferred on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
He also appealed to the people to earnestly follow the seven mantras given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while extending the nation-wide lockdown till May three. The governor also call upon the youth to focus and work in accordance with the fundamental duties. (UNI)