Mamata Banerjee should come forward, take a lead and end this violence
After the results of the assembly elections came through, there have been reports of violence in different parts of West Bengal (Bengal Post Poll Violence). At least 14 people are reported to have been killed in the violence that began after the announcement of the election results. This figure may be more than the number of people killed during the elections that lasted for a month. The Bharatiya Janata Party has claimed that at least party workers have been killed and the houses and party offices of several party supporters across Bengal have been attacked and set on fire. On the other hand, the Trinamool Congress has claimed the killing of five supporters, out of which three are in the eastern Burdwan and one in Hubli. At the same time, there is news of the Congress and the Left’s ally Indian Secular Front being killed in the South 24 Parganas in the United Front. There are calls for President’s rule in Bengal by BJP’s surrogates.
The war of words between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress continues on with the violence. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has summoned a report on violence from Bengal. On the other hand, Mamata Banerjee appealed to keep the peace. Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar met Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on Monday evening and later met Mamata Banerjee. Dhankar spoke to Mamta on the violence and sought a report from the state authorities.
West Bengal CM accused the BJP party of trying to create communal tension, especially in areas where it has won. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who won the Bengal elections, has called upon the people to maintain peace. However, she blamed the BJP for the violence. BJP national president is coming to Kolkata on Tuesday. BJP will protest against violence on Wednesday. Mamta Banerjee has taken the oath of Chief Minister for the third time. Mamta Banerjee said, “Bengal is a peace-loving place. During the elections, the heat was hot. BJP tortured a lot. But, I appeal to all people to remain calm. Do not indulge in violence. If there is any dispute If it happens, inform the police. Police should maintain law and order. ” She further said that BJP has spoiled the situation. Some sporadic incidents are there, but that will be tackled. After the election, it happens in every state. I don’t want any violence or anything. BJP is trying to create a communal clash, because of its shameful defeat. Mamata Banerjee said that they have lost their credibility. Till now even law and order were being handled by the Central forces, not by me. So, this is their doing, they are to blame for spoiling the situation if this is true. As chief minister, the responsibility to stop the violence should be done by Mamata Banerjee. She has emerged as a fighter. She has just defeated the politics of hate and violence. Violence in any form should be rejected.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and expressed anguish over the law and order situation in the state following reports of post-poll violence from several districts. The BJP has moved the Supreme Court over the post-poll violence in the state. In his petition, BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into violence in West Bengal. BJP has portrayed the violence as communal, wrought by Muslims upon Hindus, with senior party leaders explicitly naming communities. Violence should be condemned but we should understand that the violence is political, not communal. Mamata Banerjee should take a stand and end this vicious cycle of violence in the state. For the sake of the state, and for the sake of the nation, Mamata Banerjee needs to step up and clamp down on the killings and the misrule.
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