West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media outside Nabanna on Monday. (ANI)
As West Bengal continues to grapple with post-poll violence, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hit out at the BJP and accused it of provoking riots in an attempt to spread unrest in the state. “This (inciting violence in West Bengal) is a planted game. This is their game plan to throttle my voice because they know that Mamata Banerjee is the only person in the country to raise voice against them. This conspiracy to bring down our government will not succeed,” she said.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, who was addressing reporters at Nabanna, also took on the Centre over the Home Ministry’s advisory on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. “Since I am the only one who is exposing their dangerous game plan, they have started to send advisories. Our chief secretary has replied to that. The BJP is trying to sell democracy,” she said.
Two days after the violence, Nolkora village continues to wear a deserted look on Monday. (Express photo/Shashi Ghosh)
“Only two or three incidents (of violence) have taken place which has been carried out by the BJP. The BJP leaders claimed that five people have died but only two of their supporters have died. They are trying to spread unrest in Darjeeling and in Bengal,” she added.
Banerjee also claimed that the saffron party was trying to bring down the TMC government as she was the lone voice speaking against the Centre. “The BJP plans to bring down the government and stop me from speaking against them. This will not happen. The assembly polls will be held in 2021 and the BJP will not be successful. Remember, an injured tiger is more dangerous,” she said.
The Chief Minister said the Centre also had an equal responsibility as the state governments in case any violence or riot took place in any state. “If there is any riot or violence in any state, then the central government cannot shrug off its responsibility,” she said.
Deceased BJP worker Pradip Mondal’s sons at their house on Monday. (Express photo/Shashi Ghosh)
“In Uttar Pradesh, 25 people have died after the polls. Bengal’s performance as a state is best in the country. Here, women can walk around at night. But canards are being spread about Bengal. Do not let them insult Bengal,” she added.
Banerjee today held meetings with police and administrative officers and took stock of the development initiatives in the state. She also highlighted the works carried out by her government since 2011, including the success of various welfare schemes in the state.
The BJP observed a 12-hour bandh in Basirhat today. (Express photo/Shashi Ghosh)
Three people were killed in the post-poll violence between the TMC and BJP in Sandeshkhali in North 24-Parganas district. This was the first major incident of violence after the bitterly contested Lok Sabha election, in which the BJP won 18 of the 42 seats in the state.
Earlier in the day, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in the national capital to discuss the ground situation. “I have apprised the Prime Minister and the home minister on the situation after the Lok Sabha elections,” Tripathi was quoted as saying by PTI.