The BJP today alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was "killing" democracy in the state by unleashing "violence" on its workers in the panchayat polls, as a delegation of party leaders met the Vice President and the Home Minister to raise their concerns over such issues.
The BJP today alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was “killing” democracy in the state by unleashing “violence” on its workers in the panchayat polls, as a delegation of party leaders met the Vice President and the Home Minister to raise their concerns over such issues. The BJP also presented relatives of its workers, who were killed in the alleged violence, and those injured, before the media, as its leaders accused the workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the police of colluding to stop opposition candidates from filing their nominations for the panchayat polls in West Bengal.
Union minister Babul Supriyo and other party leaders from the state, including Mukul Roy, Rupa Ganguly and Rahul Sinha, hit out at the Mamata Banerjee government. Supriyo said that the state government was inching towards becoming a fit case for dismissal. He, however, insisted that his party would rather work to defeat the TMC in the polls.
Sinha said they do not want to make Banerjee a “martyr” and would defeat her in elections. Roy alleged that Banerjee was a “killer of democracy” and claimed that five BJP workers had been killed in attacks allegedly by TMC workers and hundreds injured. They also showed video clips of the alleged violence.
In their memorandum to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the party said democracy in the state was reeling under the danger of complete breakdown of law and order in the state. “Mamata Banerjee-led TMC members are preventing through force BJP workers from contesting the Panchayat polls. BJP members who filed their nominations have been intimidated, attacked with weapons, bombed, bludgeoned, knifed and even killed,” the memorandum said.
Democratic space in the state is shrinking and the Mamata government is trampling on democracy, it alleged. The BJP said it also appeals to the President to take cognizance of it, the memorandum said. The BJP leaders also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and handed over a memorandum to him.