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Bengal: Union minister’s convoy attacked, BJP & TMC blame each other for violence

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The post-poll violence in Bengal that has already claimed several lives seems to be taking an ugly turn every day. On Thursday, a Union minister’s car was attacked by goons, allegedly of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), in West Midnapore.

Notably, a video of the attack on Union minister V Muraleedharan shows a group of men with their faces covered hitting his car with sticks and throwing stones even as Muraleedharan and others in the car try to duck. The occupants of the car can be heard asking the driver to take a U-turn and escape when others start throwing stones and sticks towards the car from another side.

The Union minister blamed the TMC for the attack. He tweeted, “TMC goons attacked my convoy in West Midnapore, broken windows, attacked personal staff. Cutting short my trip.”

In another tweet, he said, “@BJP4India will not be threatened by Un-Democratic forces. Our fight against perpetrators of violence will continue in Democratic means. Arrived at Debra to meet workers of @BJP4Bengal who have been brutally attacked, whose houses have been destroyed by TMC goons.”

BJP president blames TMC for violence in Bengal

BJP’s national president JP Nadda said the attack on Union minister V Muraleedharan by “TMC workers” is “highly condemnable”. “I had said yesterday itself that law and order in West Bengal has collapsed completely. Imagine the condition of the common person in a state where a Union minister can be attacked in this manner.”

Hitting out at the ruling TMC, JP Nadda alleged that ever since the state assembly election results were declared in Bengal, “TMC-sponsored violence is on the rise”.

“BJP workers are being routinely attacked. Thousands of people are migrating to save their lives and there are incidents of rapes too. But organisations and people who advocate freedom of speech and human rights are silent,” he alleged.

Former TMC MLA attacked

On the other hand, a former MLA of the TMC from Dinhata, Udayan Guha, was attacked by miscreants and had to be admitted to the hospital. The TMC has blamed the BJP for the attack.

Mamata blames BJP

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has blamed the BJP for the post-poll violence in the state saying their leaders are visiting the state again and again provoking violence. Mamata’s remarks have come after a 10-member BJP delegation, led by state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, met the team from the Union home ministry at the BSF office in Kolkata on Thursday.

The TMC supremo said, “BJP leaders are roaming around, they are provoking. It’s not even 24 hours of the new government, they are sending letters, teams and leaders are coming. They are not ready to accept the mandate. I request them to accept people’s mandate.”

“A team had come, they drank tea and went back, though COVID is on. Now if ministers come, they have to get an RT-PCR negative report, even for special flights. The rule should be the same for all. COVID is increasing because of BJP leaders coming here again and again,” Banerjee said.

 

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