On Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit will pay tribute to the victims of post-poll violence. The BJP will be observing dharnas across the state and in Delhi’s Rajghat.
Addressing the media, BJP MLA Samik Bhattacharya mentioned that the functionaries will observe ‘Shaheed Shraddhanjali’ and raise the slogan ‘Aakranto Manush, Biponno Gonotontro’ (Persecuted Citizens, Endangered Democracy) with cutouts of deceased party workers from Bengal.
Furthermore, Bhattacharya claimed that a booth worker of the BJP was killed in Raiganj North Dinajpur and a flag of the Trinamool Congress was placed in his mouth. “They want to create fear in people’s minds. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s margin is increasing in every election. India’s people will vote against instability (in the next election),” he said.
Talking to the media, he mentioned that in the last six months, 162 BJP workers have been murdered. “The NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) report is the tip of an iceberg. In several places, BJP workers were forced to hold TMC flags,” he added.
Similarly, the TMC is also planning a mega national-level event on July 21, a day in the party calendar that is annually observed as Martyrs’ Day. The TMC Supremo, Mamata Banerjee will be virtually addressing several gatherings, including one in Delhi. She plans to expand the party’s base and take the national stage.
The NHRC team comprising 7 members has been investigating the violence that has been allegedly unleashed by the ruling camp in Bengal against workers belonging to opposition parties, mainly those from the BJP.
It has also informed the Calcutta High Court that a large number of complaints have been received from six districts of the state, while only three percent of the total accused are currently in jail.