West Bengal BJP takes out rally on election violence, calls for siege of BDO

The West Bengal BJP unit took out a procession in Kolkata on Wednesday to protest against the alleged violence during the recent panchayat elections. Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar and the party’s national vice-president Dilip Ghosh participated in the procession from College Street to Esplanade. , Photo Credit: Debashish Bhaduri

Alleging widespread irregularities Violence during the recently concluded Panchayat electionsThe West Bengal BJP unit took out a mega rally in Kolkata on Wednesday. Even though the police did not give any formal permission for the rally, it was attended by senior BJP leadership, including leader of the opposition Suvendu Adhikari, state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar and the party’s national vice-president Dilip Ghosh.

The procession from College Street to Esplanade was a show of strength for the saffron party, which has registered a steep decline in panchayat polls – from 38% in the 2021 assembly polls to 22% in the recently concluded rural polls.

“During the three-phase panchayat elections, there was loot at all the three stages, from filing of nomination papers to polling and even counting of votes. We will oppose it. I will urge the party president to organize protests in villages where people cannot vote,” Mr Adhikari said. Mr Majumdar announced that on Friday, BJP supporters would lay siege outside the offices of Block Development Officers (BDOs) in rural settlements of the state.

July 21 is the day when the Trinamool Congress holds its annual Mother’s Day rally in Kolkata and thousands of supporters of the ruling party gather in Kolkata to listen to party president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Preparations for the rally have begun and Kolkata Police Commissioner Vineet Kumar Goel visited the venue.

Five women MPs of BJP also visited on Wednesday violence affected areas, which also includes Amta in Howrah district. He visited the house of a BJP supporter, which was set on fire on the day of counting of votes. The state BJP leadership has been alleging that 11 of its supporters were killed and hundreds were injured in the violence.

Ms Banerjee visited the SSKM hospital and met her party workers who were victims of violence in Nandigram and Khejuri in East Medinipur district. “BJP could not defeat us electorally and hence resorted to violence and thrashed our party workers. Some of them have also been badly burnt. Our ministers are in touch with the families of the victims and we will provide all necessary assistance to them,” Ms Banerjee said.

₹2 lakh compensation

The Chief Minister said that the state government was providing a compensation of Rs 2 lakh and a job to a family member to all those who lost their lives in violence during the panchayat elections, be it before, during or after the elections. election Day.

While the chief minister has said that 19 people have died in the violence, the number of deaths has crossed 50 since the notification for the rural polls was issued.

“BJP’s sole focus is to create unrest, violence and divide the society. They have no other work to do except indulging in destructive politics. however, India [Indian National Developmental, Inclusive Alliance] Is ready To fight, and BJP will get a decisive answer. People will answer BJP, India will face the fight,” the chief minister said on Tuesday, referring to the joint platform of opposition parties in Bengaluru, which was named Bharat.