On Tuesday, the National President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), JP Nadda was likely to visit Bengal amid reports of after-election violence in the state. Ahead of his arrival to the state, the BJP leader and former lawmaker Swapan Dasgupta sent SOS to the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah for helping the party workers amidst post-election violence.
The Union home ministry asked the state Governor for reports from the administration and Dasgupta to seek deployment of security forces in Birbhum.
Dasgupta tweeted, “Alarming situation in Nanoor (Birbhum district) with more than a thousand Hindu families out in the fields to escape marauding mobs seeking to take it out against BJP supporters. Reports of molestation or worse of women. [Union home minister] Amit Shah please rush some security to the area.”
On Sunday, after sweeping back to power for the 3rd time in Bengal, Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee urged people to maintain peace and not to retreat to any violence. Banerjee is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday. However, all the allegations of BJP were refused by Trinamool Congress (TMC) that its workers were behind all the violence.
TMC spokesman, Kunal Ghosh said, “It is the fight between the BJP’s old-timers and newcomers. Even their president of the state unit had been a victim of such infighting in the past. Why should the TMC resort to any violence?”
Claiming that at least 9 people died in post-poll violence, the BJP has said that it will conduct countrywide dharnas on Wednesday against the violence.
Governor of Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted on Monday, “Was constrained to summon additional chief secretary Home Bengal DGP WB Police Commissioner CP Kolkata in wake of post-poll violence & vandalism resulting in killings, injuries & destruction of shops and houses. All were called upon to submit reports urgently. Unfortunate no report thus far.”
However, on Monday Banerjee accused that the BJP of circulating old pictures of riots outside Bengal to spread tension.