Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s indirect warning about alleged political violence within the state, accusing the BJP of muckraking earlier than subsequent 12 months’s meeting elections.
Accusing PM Modi and Amit Shah of “elevating the pitch”, Trinamool’s Sougata Roy mentioned, “The BJP narrative on political violence is incorrect. Trinamool doesn’t consider in politics of violence”.
“The BJP claims political violence even in case of demise by suicide,” Mr Roy mentioned. On November 1, after a 34 12 months outdated man was discovered hanging from a tree at Gayeshpur in Nadia district, the BJP claimed he was their occasion supporter and had been murdered by the Trinamool Congress. His household denied occasion hyperlinks or the opportunity of any foul play.
There was comparable outcry over the demise of a BJP chief in East Midnapore on 29 July and a CPM MLA who had joined BJP on 13 July. Each had been ultimately confirmed to have died by suicide.
The BJP’s coverage is to “throw mud and hope a few of it is going to stick”, the Trinamool MP added.
On the Bihar victory celebrations in New Delhi final night, PM Modi, with out naming Bengal or its Chief Minister, spoke of “these indulging in politics of homicide”, who, he mentioned, are “not acceptable in a democracy”.
“These unable to problem us, a few of these individuals have adopted the trail of homicide of our staff. In some elements of the nation they suppose that by killing BJP staff they are going to fulfill their ambitions. I don’t suppose I must warn them, as a result of in a democracy, the individuals converse,” PM Modi mentioned.
“Elections come and go there are victories and defeats – right now somebody will sit in energy tomorrow another person, however this sport of homicide can’t be accepted in a democracy. By enjoying with demise you can’t get a mandate – see the writing on the wall,” he mentioned.
With Bengal excessive on its checklist of coveted states for the reason that 2014 meeting elections, the BJP has been making an attempt to broaden its footprint within the state. Its efforts had been rewarded final 12 months because the occasion gained 18 of the state’s 40 Lok Sabha seats.
However over this era, the occasion has made a number of allegations of political violence within the state, focusing on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the killing of its staff. Over the past two-plus years, greater than 100 BJP staff have been murdered in Bengal, the occasion has alleged.
This was one of many huge marketing campaign factors in final 12 months’s Lok Sabha elections and is prone to be retained for subsequent 12 months’s state polls.