The 5-member fact-finding team of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that reached West Bengal today to ascertain the extent of hooliganism perpetrated by Trinamool Congress (TC) cadre has concluded that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is “sponsoring anarchy” in the State. It said the whole country was concerned by the worsening law and order situation in West Bengal.
The ruling Trinamool Congress has denied these charges and accused BJP of fomenting violence.
The team comprised party vice presidents SS Ahluwalia and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, national spokespersons Meenakshi Lekhi and Siddarth Nath Singh (who is also BJP’s co-in-charge of party affairs in West Bengal) and MP Babul Supriyo. WB BJP president Rahul Sinha had earlier said that the visiting team would comprise members from the ministry of home affairs, but it turned out to be a party affair. The team’s job was to probe the incidents that took place in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district, where over two dozen party workers were injured in an attack allegedly orchestrated by the TC.
“There is state sponsored anarchy in Bengal. The whole country is concerned by this Mamata Banerjee patronised anarchy. The attack on our party activists is no more a political issue rather an issue involving shameless use of constitutional machinery for political gains,” said Naqvi.
“The condition in the state is now worse than what was during the (erstwhile) Left Front government. In fact, the goons which were earlier part of the Left now have joined the Trinamool and its government,” he added.
Besides meeting the family members of the injured, the delegation held a meeting with state chief secretary during the day. It will submit its report to Union Home Minister and party president Rajnath Singh.
Concerned over the growing number of attacks on its party workers in Bengal, BJP general secretary, Jagat Prakash Nadda had, on Thursday, named the 5-member team. That day Sinha led a demonstration outside the Girish Park police station. He said on the occasion, “We want to send the message loud and clear to the Centre about the law and order situation (in Bengal) which has touched rock bottom. There has been no incident of post-poll violence anywhere else in the country other than Bengal where we find such instances almost every day.”
Other such demonstrations outside police stations have been held as well. Sinha says, “The police can tackle such situations within minutes but are not being allowed to by the state government which is controlling the police as per its fancies.”
The chief of the West Bengal unit of the BJP believes the Trinamool Congress Government is “afraid of the growing popularity of the BJP in the state”.
“People have already signalled the real change in Bengal. The ruling party has realised this and is afraid about it. We want the police to work impartially and we would extend all cooperation to them. If the situation doesn’t improve, there will be a much larger movement,” Sinha said.
Interestingly, senior CPM leader Suryakanta Mishra visited the victims at the SSKM hospital and said he “will go to any place where victims of state-sponsored atrocities go to”. During the election campaign, सिर्फ़ News had reported how dreadful the situation was in the State, with workers and supporters of the Left parties being as much at the receiving end of TC-perpetrated violence. The West Bengal unit of BJP has claimed that more than 200 of its workers have been injured in post-poll violence.It has told the State Government that unless it maintains law and order, it would seek the Governor’s intervention.
State BJP leaders had alleged that Trinamool goons attacked their workers as they were celebrating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking on Monday.
“This kind of terror unleashed on BJP workers by goons of Trinamool Congress across the State is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Siddharth Nath Singh said.
The BJP has won two Lok seats in West Bengal — Ahluwaliain Darjeeling and Supriyo in Asansol. The party also saw a rise in its vote share in the State in the just-concluded Lok Sabha poll as it got 16.8 per cent votes, a little behind 22.7 per cent of CPM and 39.3 per cent of Trinamool Congress.