Kolkata: BJP President JP Nadda said on Wednesday that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s silence on post-poll violence in the state demonstrates her involvement, and that at least 14 BJP workers have been killed and up to a lakh people have fled their homes in the state’s post-poll violence. He condemned the “brutal killings” that occurred following the results and claimed that Trinamool Congress workers killed BJP workers and molested and raped women in various parts of the state.
“Mamata Banerjee’s silence speaks volumes about her involvement, and she begins her third term with blood on her hands,” Nadda said at a press conference in Kolkata. “The TMC has targeted the BJP’s grass-roots workers… This is a government-sponsored programme… We will fight democratically until the bitter end “He stated and asserted that the BJP will eradicate intolerance in the state.
During a two-day visit to the state beginning Tuesday, the BJP president paid visits to the homes of some party workers who have allegedly faced atrocities at the hands of goons loyal to the ruling Trinamool Congress. He claimed that, in addition to the BJP workers, their families had been attacked, and that women had been specifically targeted, in addition to property looting. He accused BJP workers of atrocities in Gosaba and East Canning in South 24 Parganas and Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas, as well as the destruction of entire villages, and claimed that the villagers had faced “Amphan last year and Mamtaphan this year.”
According to Nadda, 80,000 to one lakh people were forced to flee their homes in various parts of the state as a result of atrocities committed in the aftermath of the TMC’s election victory. People from north Bengal districts have fled to Assam to save their lives.
These people have received shelter and other necessities in Assam, he said, adding, “Mamata Banerjee has won the elections, but humanity has lost.”
Nadda compared the post-election violence in Bengal to the “horrendous” violence and killings on “direct action day” during partition on August 16, 1947.
“What happened in Bengal on May 2 (the day votes were counted) is similar to direct action day,” he said, referring to the TMC supremo’s call in Nandigram before the polls to “Khela hobe” (the game is on).
When asked if the BJP is considering imposing Article 356 in West Bengal, the BJP president stated that the procedure is for the governor to generate a report, which is then analysed by the central agencies and the ministry of home affairs before a decision is made.
If a state government is unable to function in accordance with constitutional provisions, the Centre has the authority to take direct control of the state machinery under Article 356.
“As for the BJP, even if it is a fit case, we are people who fight democratically,” Nadda said.
The BJP received more than 37% of the vote and 77 seats in West Bengal’s assembly election, according to Nadda, who also stated that the saffron party will fight to the end democratically.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said that during the day, he administered the oath of service to the people of the state to the party’s MLAs.
The saffron party president chastised human rights organisations for remaining silent on what is happening in Bengal following the elections, and questioned whether they fight for human rights selectively.
“I am also astounded by the opposition parties’ failure to issue a single condemnation statement,” he said, adding that it speaks of “double standards.”
Nadda assured Banerjee that the BJP government at the Centre will fulfil its commitments to the people of Bengal on the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi and Ayushman Bharat schemes, and urged her to cooperate.
He stated that appeasement politics will be abandoned in Bengal, and that Mamata Banerjee’s language and culture do not represent Bengal.
On the chief minister’s claim that photos and videos circulating on social media depicting violence in the state are fake, Nadda challenged the challenge to be proven false.
Nadda accused Banerjee of playing divisive politics, claiming that within hours of taking office, she was blaming the BJP, the CPI(M), and the TMC for the state’s post-election violence.
Banerjee stated shortly after her inauguration that violence and clashes were occurring in areas where the BJP had won elections.
“The level of thinking is really very concerning,” he said, adding that as chief minister, she is responsible for the entire state.
He asserted that the BJP leadership is with its workers and supporters and will stand by them, and that the party will soon launch a helpline for them.
When asked about the party’s choice for leader of the opposition in West Bengal and chief minister of Assam, Nadda stated that the BJP will do everything in due time.
“There is a system in place. Following a meeting of the parliamentary board, an observer is chosen, who then goes to the state and declares the name “He stated.
Nadda stated that his priority as party president on May 3, a day after the assembly election results were announced, was to travel to Bengal due to the situation, and that the parliamentary board meeting had been postponed.
“When I return, steps will be taken, and you will have a democratic chief minister (in Assam) and a democratic leader of the opposition in West Bengal very soon,” he said.