Following the post-poll violence and the potential threat to the 77 BJP MLAs in West Bengal, the Union home ministry has decided to provide all of them with a security cover of central paramilitary forces. The BJP legislators will be provided security by armed personnel of the CRPF and CISF.
The security has been approved by the Centre after considering the report prepared by central security agencies and the inputs received from a team of officers sent to Bengal to ascertain the ground situation in the wake of the post-poll violence.
Z category security for Suvendu Adhikari
According to media reports, 61 BJP MLAs will be provided the lowest ‘X category’ security and the security personnel for the same will be drawn from the CISF.
The remaining MLAs of the saffron party are either enjoying a ‘Y category’ security or will be provided with the same. Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the fierce electoral battle of Nandigram by a few hundred votes, has been already accorded ‘Z category’ security.
Post-poll violence in Bengal
Several people lost their lives in the post-poll violence that erupted in the state after the declaration of the state election results on May 2. While the BJP did whatever was possible for the party to clinch power from the Trinamool Congress, it eventually could manage to win just 77 seats of the 292 seats where elections were held.
The TMC, on the other hand, secured 213 seats, whereas the Congress and the Left drew a blank—a first for these parties in the electoral history of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish on the poor law and order situation in the state, according to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. The latter himself has time and again criticised the ruling party for the post-poll violence.
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