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PM Modi expresses concern on post-poll violence in Bengal, BJP moves SC

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Following the post-poll violence that erupted in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dialled Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to express his concerns on the issue.

PM Modi reportedly expressed his anguish over the law and order situation prevalent in Bengal where the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress secured a thumping victory on Sunday decimating the ‘over ambitious’ BJP to just 77 seats.

Dhankhar in a tweet said, “PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law & order situation @MamataOfficial. I share grave concerns @PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson, loot and killings continue unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order.”

Post-poll violence in Bengal

Multiple incidents of post-poll violence was reported from Bengal on Monday—a day after the election results were declared in which the ruling TMC won 213 seats out of the 292 seats where elections were held. Many people have died in the alleged political violence, whereas several others got injured.

Following the incident, the Union home ministry has sought a report from the Bengal government on incidents of attack on opposition workers in the state.

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BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Monday said four of its workers were killed and over 4,000 houses ransacked in incidents of post-poll violence in the state. The party workers were allegedly killed in a clash that broke out between the TMC and the BJP in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district after the election results were announced. Similar reports of violence were received from multiple parts of the state.

The BJP also claimed that one of its party offices in Hooghly was set on fire and its leaders including Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, were also harassed.

BJP moves Supreme Court

The saffron party has also moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the post-poll violence that erupted in West Bengal. BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia has filed the petition.

 

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