The vortex of post-poll violence that Bengal has been sucked into after the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress romped into its third term winning 213 of the 294 seats in the Assembly has turned into a multi-pronged force to annihilate the opposition, in this case the BJP, which clinched 77 seats.
Chief minister Banerjee, who proclaimed during a media conference on May 3 that she was not at all ‘vindictive’ now stands accused of instigating her grassroots party workers to the extent of murdering BJP workers, burning their houses, targeting their businesses, raping and assaulting their family members, manipulating sacking of employees from private companies and going to any extent whatsoever to ensure their obliteration.
On Friday, Trinamool Congress workers allegedly hanged two brothers, Manoj Mandal (21) and Chaitanya Mandal (19) of North Laxmipur GP, Kalachand Tola village under Mothabari Assembly constituency from a tree.
The residence of Brindaban Sarkar, the BJP candidate from Swarupnagar constituency, was allegedly burnt down by TMC goons.
The vindictiveness at workplace also came to the fore during the day. West Bengal BJP Mahila Morcha leader and former BJP MP Locket Chatterjee posted on her Facebook account the alleged workplace harassment of Hirak Biswas, a part-time BJP worker, who was issued a showcause notice and placed under immediate suspension by his employer, Kesoram Rayon, a part of the BK Birla Group of Companies. Biswas was warned of termination of employment in case he failed to furnish a suitable explanation to the charges levelled against him.
On Thursday, the vehicle of Union minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan came under attack of alleged Trinamool Congress hoodlums. Muraleedharan was touring West Midnapore district to take stock of the post-election violence when his convoy came under attack. He escaped unhurt but the glass windows of his vehicle were shattered in the attack.
As a veteran political observer commented: “TMC is out to obliterate any opposition in West Bengal by hook or by crook. The shock of the BJP gaining 77 seats from merely 3 seats in a matter of five years is too shocking for the TMC to digest. TMC cannot take the risk of any opposition party turning into a formidable force, as it would imply endangering its own existence.”
A central team, comprising officials of the Home ministry, Intelligence Bureau, CRPF and CBI is in the state to take stock of the backlash the BJP is facing in the aftermath of the Assembly election results.