New Delhi: A day after the vote-counting process for West Bengal’s assembly election concluded, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that at least four of its workers, out of a total of nine people, were killed in the state on Monday (May 3). The saffron party slammed Bengal Chief Minister Mamata for inciting violence against its members and supporters.
“In a tweet, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, the party’s in-charge for the state, said four of its workers had been killed and over 4,000 houses had been ransacked in post-election violence.” The Union Home Ministry has also requested a report on the violence against opposition workers from the West Bengal government. Banerjee led her Trinamool Congress party to a landslide victory in the state.
BJP general secretary B L Santhosh attacked her for the violent incidents, saying, “Take a look at @MamataOfficial… It is your responsibility to protect the people of the state that has entrusted you with the mandate. But you were never a compassionate CM. With 18 MPs and 77 MLAs, we will fight tooth and nail this time.”
BJP leaders also shared a slew of videos and photos depicting violent incidents allegedly committed by TMC supporters.
Earlier in the day, Mamata addressed a press conference, accusing the BJP and her supporters of harassing her and her party even after the assembly election results were announced. She urged her supporters to keep the peace despite reports of violence in some areas, urging them not to fall victim to provocations. She also accused the Election Commission of acting at the BJP’s request and questioned why they did not order a recount in Nandigram despite the request.
“During the elections, the central forces committed numerous atrocities against TMC supporters. Even after the results were announced, the BJP attacked our supporters in some areas, but we urge our men not to be provoked and instead to report to the police “Mamata stated.
During the elections, she claimed that some police officers acted partisanly against the TMC.