A 10-member delegation led by Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh met the team from the Home ministry at the BSF regional headquarters on Thursday afternoon.
At the office gate, Ghosh addressed the media in presence of Nandigram MLA Suvendu Adhikari and other party leaders. Ghosh said the Home ministry joint secretary, senior CRPF, IB and CBI officers had reached West Bengal on Thursday to visit various places in the state from where incidents of post-poll violence had been reported over the past five days.
“The central team had met the West Bengal chief secretary at the state secretariat in Nabanna. But the chief secretary tried to dissuade them from visiting the places with the assurance that the Bengal govt would take care of the matter,” said Ghosh.
The state BJP had given details of 200-250 incidents of violence reported from across the state and urged that a central team be sent to get a first-hand account of the violence being reported from rural Bengal.
“We have reports of 21 deaths but the violence is still on. The Bengal government’s claims that the violence has stopped is incorrect. This morning, three BJP workers were hacked to death in a bazaar in Danton, Medinipur. Union minister of state Muraleedharan also was attacked in West Medinipur. Reports of sporadic violence are still pouring in and fear and terror pervade the villages. So, we had requested the central team to visit those disturbed areas.”
Responding to a reporter’s query that the CM has said that violence has erupted in areas where BJP has won the seats, Dilip Ghosh said: “Even Union ministers come under attack, this is not new. The CM might say that she did not have the powers for three months but when Babul Supriyo was attacked in Asansol or Rupa Ganguly was beaten up on a road in Diamond Harbour, she (Mamata Banerjee) was a full-fledged CM. It has happened today also. The situation is like Afghanistan and Syria. Women are being assaulted, abducted and gang-raped. Properties are being destroyed. Now, fish are being looted from ponds and waterbodies. Shops and houses have already been looted. How can the CM say which belong to TMC’s and which the BJP’s? She is everyone’s CM. She has got 50% votes. But she is being politically divisive. What we are saying is that it’s the Bengal govt’s responsibility to ensure that there is not a single incident of violence in the state.
On being asked about the CM’s claim that the BJP workers fleeing to Assam and taking shelter, Ghosh said: “Even during the 2018 panchayat elections, BJP workers from Bengal had taken shelter in Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam. The kind of violence being witnessed in the state would prevent BJP workers from working in their respective regions. So, I appeal to Mamata Banerjee to play her role and not instigate her workers.”