PM Dials Bengal Governor over post-poll violence, BJP moves SC


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dialled Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Tuesday to express “serious anguish and concern” over the law and order situation in the state, a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought a status report from the West Bengal government after reports said at least 11 people were killed in post poll violence..

Taking to Twitter and tagging CM Mamata Banerjee, Dhankar said violence, vandalism, arson, loot and killings continue unabated, and the concerned must act to restore order.

BJP president JP Nadda and general secretary Bhupender Yadav too arrived in the state and visited homes that had been vandalised and the kin of those who had died in the violence. The BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on Thursday ––the day Mamata Banerjee is expected to take oath again as chief minister.

Nadda said TMC workers were vandalising the houses of BJP members, and said the party was firmly with those who were being attacked. The party has made a list of 273 incidents where its workers had been attacked. The party has also alleged that two of its candidates –– Umesh Rai and Gobardhan Das –– have been attacked. Anirban Ganguly, the BJP candidate from Bolpur constituency, said “whoever had voted for TMC should ask the party whether what is happening is right.”Banerjee has called for calm though she has blamed the BJP for the violence claiming that it was “BJP’s propaganda” while at the same time admitting that there have been sporadic incidents. “BJP is trying to spread communal divide,” she said.

Meanwhile, senior advocate and BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia has petitioned the Supreme Court seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into instances of violence, murder and alleged rapes reported from the state.

The petition alleges that “it was clear that TMC has been exercising undue influence over the police and other enforcement agencies in as much as no FIRs have been registered against the alleged party worker for their acts”.





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