Post-election violence in Bengal: Mamata accuses central ministers of inciting violence, Nadda blames TMC

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused central ministers of inciting post-election violence which erupted in the state after the proclamation of election results on May 2. The CM claimed that the BJP-led NDA government at the Center had yet to come to terms with its loss in state assembly polls.

Speaking to the press, Mamata also made a plethora of announcements for those affected by the violence.

  • Compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased
  • Home care jobs with one family member each of the five people killed in the CAPF shootings in Sitalkuchi
  • CID probe into the Sitakulchi incident

On the other hand, BJP national president JP Nadda accused the TMC of targeting BJP workers in the state after the convoy of Union Minister V Muraleedharan was attacked in western Midnapore earlier today. Muraleedharan claimed that the attack was carried out by “TMC henchmen”.

The ongoing struggle between the two parties has its genesis in the post-election violence that took place hours after the TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, won its third consecutive term in the state on May 2. Several opposition parties, including the BJP, have accused the TMC of carrying out attacks on the executives and offices of their political opponents in the state.

Mamata said on Thursday that at least 16 people – mostly from BJP and TMC and one from the Samyukta Morcha – died in the post-election violence.

Here are all of the major developments that have taken place in the state today.

Center sends 4-member investigation team to Kolkata

The Center dispatched a team of senior officials to West Bengal for an exercise to investigate the ongoing violence in the state. The four-member team, formed by the Ministry of the Interior (MHA), is headed by an additional secretary-rank civil servant.

“The team left this morning and should start their work in Kolkata soon. He was given 48 hours to come back with a report, ”said an MHA official.

Sources said the team will meet with senior West Bengal police officials, except for the chief secretary and other administration bureaucrats. He will also make field visits to some of the places where violence has been reported since Sunday and meet with affected families, sources said.

Union Minister’s convoy attacked in West Midnapore

The convoy of Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and BJP leader V Muraleedharan was reportedly attacked on Thursday by residents of the Panchkhudi area in West Midnapore district, with the minister saying the attack had was orchestrated by “TMC henchmen”. The Union Minister however escaped unscathed.

A vehicle vandalized after the Muraleedharan convoy was reportedly attacked. (Photo PTI)

Muraleedharan shared a video on his Twitter account where some people could be seen throwing sticks and stones at the minister’s convoy and chasing his car. They also smashed the rear window of his car. “TMC thugs attacked my convoy in West Midnapore, smashed windows, attacked personal staff. Cut my trip short, ”Muraleedharan tweeted.

However, TMC West Midnapore District Chairman Ajit Maity denied the minister’s allegations and said it was a “spontaneous protest” by the people against the BJP.

TMC-sponsored violence in full swing: Nadda

Meanwhile, BJP National President JP Nadda said TMC-sponsored violence was in full swing in the state after the poll results were announced. Speaking to Twitter, Nadda said: “The attack by TMC workers on Union Minister V Muralitharanji’s convoy in West Midnapore is very condemnable. I said yesterday that public order in Bengal has completely collapsed. What will be the situation of the general public in a place where a minister in the Indian government is under attack? “

“TMC-sponsored violence has been in full swing in West Bengal since the election results. BJP workers are constantly under attack. When thousands of people flee to save lives, incidents of rape occur, then freedom of expression and human rights defenders are lacking, ”he added.

Nadda, who was in West Bengal on Wednesday, had met relatives of Saffron party workers who were killed in the post-election violence. He also has sworn in party deputies to “dismantle political violence in Bengal”.

On May 2, hours after the TMC led by Mamata Banerjee won a resounding tenure in Assembly polls, several incidents of violence were reported in the state and the TMC and BJP accused each other of attack their respective cadres and the offices of their party.

The Center has stepped up pressure on the TMC government over the incidents, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling on Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and the Union Home Office to request a report from his state counterpart. BJP President JP Nadda arrived in West Bengal on Tuesday and met with the families of some of the victims

The Home Office (MHA) twice wrote to the state government, accusing it of failing to take action to stem the violence and requested a report detailing the situation on the ground.

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