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Bengal post-poll violence: Modi dials Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Mamata meets top cops

BJP will hold a nationwide dharna against the widespread violence

By Team Newsfile

Kolkata, May 4: PM Narendra Modi dialed West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday and expressed his concern the post-election political violence in the state. On Sunday, Mamata Banerjee was voted to power with her party winning 213 seats and BJP 77 seats. However, soon after the election results, violence engulfed the state with several workers of both units killed. 

PM Modi worried about Bengal 

The post-political violence in the state has killed several party workers of both BJP and TMC since Monday. The Prime Minister expressed anguished over “alarmingly worrisome” law and order situation in Bengal. 

Taking to Twitter, Dhankar said, “PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law & order situation @MamataOfficial I share grave concerns @PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson. loot and killings continue unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order.”

The Governor also wrote that Bengalis across the world have expressed concern over lawlessness. “Police @WBPolice @CPKolkata must end senseless political violence, vandalism, arson, killings and intimidation that shames democracy. Bengali diaspora world over has expressed concern over alarming lawlessness. Why post poll violence only WB ? Why this assault on democracy?,” wrote the Governor. 

He tweeted that people are fleeing homes due to political violence in Bengal. He also urged Mamata Banerjee, who will be sworn-in as the chief minister of Bengal for the third time on May 5, to restore law and order.   

“Reports indicate horrendous state of affairs. Horrified people are fleeing to save themselves. Flooded with SOS  appeals. Harmads are on a killing and destruction spree. Such nosediving of constitutional values cannot be countenanced. Call upon @MamataOfficial to restore order,” wrote Dhankhar. 

JP Nadda visits injured BJP workers 

On Tuesday, BJP president JP Nadda visited the houses of those party workers attacked in the political violence in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas. He said the widespread post-poll violence is reminiscent of the atrocities people had to face during the country’s partition. 

“We are committed to democratically fight this ideological battle and the activities of the TMC, which is full of intolerance,” he said. 

“I had heard of the immense atrocities committed during the partition, but I have never seen such post-poll violence that is occurring in West Bengal after the declaration of election results,” the senior BJP leader said.

Meanwhile, BJP has moved the Supreme Court over the post-poll violence in Bengal. In his petition, BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia demanded a CBI probe into violence in the state.

BJP calls nationwide protest on May 5

The day Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the chief minister of Bengal for the third time on May 5, the BJP said that its party will hold a nationwide dharna against the widespread violence unleashed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers post the Assembly election results. The party’s official handle announced about the nationwide dharna and further added that this protest will be held following all COVID protocols across all organisational mandals of the party.

TMC reacts 

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee calls for an urgent meeting at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata on Tuesday at 5 pm with Bengal chief secretary, Home Secretary, DGP and Kolkata Police Commissioner in view of the post-poll violence.

“The BJP is a communal party, they are trouble-mongers, they use fake videos, they misuse their powers, they misuse agencies; they want to demolish federalism, bulldoze the federal character of the country,” Mamata said in an interview with NDTV. 

Meanwhile, TMC has questioned BJP’s intention on National President JP Nadda’s two-day Bengal visit. Taking to Twitter, TMC MP Mahua Moitra said that even after JP Nadda’s constant visits during elections, it didn’t help BJP to win the 2021 elections in the state. Moitra questioned that is this trip scheduled by the BJP in order to impose President’s rule?

Team NewsFile