Home ministry asks Bengal government for report over post-poll violence in state
The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Monday said it had sought a report from the West Bengal government over alleged incidents of “post-election violence against opposition political workers” in the state.
“MHA has asked West Bengal government for a report on the post-election violence targeting opposition political workers in the state,” the MHA posted on its official Twitter handle after reports emerged of alleged attacks on political workers in the aftermath of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) sweeping the eight-phase assembly elections, which were held between March 27 and April 29.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned the state’s director general of police (DGP) over the “alarming” law and order situation. “Have been constrained to urgently summon DG @WBPolice in the wake of alarming law and order in the State,” Dhankhar tweeted.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Dilip Ghosh, the chief of the state unit of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed nine of its workers lost their lives within 24 hours of the post-election violence breaking out in West Bengal. The BJP, which has a government at the Centre, won 77 of the seats for which votes were counted on Sunday. The TMC, meanwhile, won 213 seats, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI) website. There are 294 assembly constituencies in the state; of these, two will vote at a later date.
The BJP has blamed the TMC for the violence. However, chief minister Banerjee said, “We know that the BJP and Central forces have tortured people. But even then, I will urge everyone to maintain peace and not resort to violence. If there are any allegations, approach the police. Till we take oath, law and order is not in our hands. Despite its defeat, the BJP is torturing people.”
Banerjee will take oath for a third term on Wednesday. Despite her party’s win, she was defeated in a close contest from the assembly constituency of Nandigram by her former close aide, the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari.