New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 30 joined the TMC workers protest outside Naihati Municipal Corporation and said the BJP was trying to communalise issues in Barrackpore.
Breaking: Mamata Banerjee to sit on dharna outside Naihati municipality on May 30. This comes after councillors from Naihati, Kanchrapara and Halisahar joined the BJP, reports @Bhartendulkar
— HTN Tiranga TV (@NewsHtn) May 29, 2019
“The BJP is trying to communalise issues in Barrackpore. We will not let ‘Bengali vs Hindi’ happen in the state,” she said while addressing the protesters.
The TMC workers were protesting the violence in the state during the Lok Sabha polls that have allegedly rendered many party workers homeless. She also met families who are on dharna there.
“I will hand over the names of criminals to police who created trouble in the area,” she said, adding, “I have come to extend my moral support to the people of Naihati, Bhatpara and Barrackpore.”
She also sought a detailed report from police on the houses and clubs that were damaged during the violence.
‘I will never let Bangla become (violent like) Gujarat,’ she said.
“Elections were conducted in West Bengal by imposing emergency. Over 400 FIRs were lodged during election, but not a single action was taken, since police was working under the EC,” she alleged.
While addressing at the dharna spot, Mamata said that ‘Jai Bangla, Jai Hind’ should be the slogan and asked her party workers to endorse ‘Jai Hind’ slogan to greet people from now on.
Mamata also announced formation of Banga Janani Vahinis, comprised of women, and Jai Hind Vahinis, comprised of youths, in every block across Bangla to fight the atrocities of the BJP.
On TMC leaders joining BJP, she said that poaching MLAs will not help the BJP. “Erstwhile CPM cadres and criminals are helping the BJP to establish in the state,” she said.
The TMC claimed that after the election results, BJP workers vandalised shops, setting them on fire and ransacked houses belonging to TMC workers in Bijupur and Naihati.
The TMC also alleged that a number of its party offices have either been taken over or vandalised by BJP workers.
Police sources also said TMC workers were beaten up allegedly by BJP supporters in Coochbehar’s Sitai, Titagarh in North 24 Parganas and New Town area near Kolkata.
On May 29, the Bengal CM declined to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, objecting to the families of BJP workers, allegedly killed in political violence in the state, being invited to the function.
The oath-taking ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party pic.twitter.com/Mznq0xN11Q
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 29, 2019
Family members of 54 BJP workers who were allegedly killed in violence in West Bengal during Lok Sabha elections were invited by the party to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
The Naihati municipality is located in the Barrackpore area of North 24 Parganas district, which has witnessed violent clashes between TMC and BJP workers since the results of the Lok Sabha polls were announced on May 23.
On May 28, a majority of the councillors of the Bhatpara, Halisahar, Naihati and Kanchrapara municipalities in North 24 Parganas have joined the BJP, passing over the control of these civic bodies from the TMC to the saffron party.
As many as 29 of the 31 councillors in the Naihati municipality have also joined the BJP on May 28.
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