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BJP chief convoy attack: Home ministry summons chief secy, top cop of Bengal

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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday submitted his report on law and order in Bengal, sought by Home Minister Amit Shah.

The home ministry sought the report after an attack on party chief JP Nadda’s convoy on Thursday and also summoned the state’s Chief Secretary and police chief on Monday.

“Both chief secretary and Director General of Police have been summoned on December 14 over the deteriorating law and order situation,” media reports quoted a senior home ministry official as saying.

The ministry also sought a report from the state government in what it termed as “sponsored violence”.

The incident in which Nadda’s convoy was attacked with bricks, stones, and sticks near Kolkata left some leaders injured. Nadda’s convoy was on its way to Diamond Harbour, the parliamentary constituency of the Chief Minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.

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The BJP has accused the TMC workers with the backing of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of the attack.
Banerjee in turn has accused the BJP of staging the attack and falsely trying to implicate her party and its workers in the run-up to the Bengal election which will be held in six months.

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Amit Shah is expected to travel to Kolkata on December 19 and 20, media reports said quoting sources.
The BJP has emerged as the main rival of the TMC in the upcoming elections.

“Bengal has descended into an era of tyranny, anarchy, and darkness under the Trinamool rule. The manner in which political violence has been institutionalized and brought to the extreme in West Bengal under TMC rule is sad and worrying,” Amit Shah tweeted after the incident.
Mamata Banerjee questioned why the BJP, with all the central forces at its disposal, could not protect its party chief and wondered if the attack was “planned”.

“Today, this Narendra Babu sarkar simply plans drama, creates drama, and sends video of the drama they have themselves created to the media. And the media has no power to question them,” she said.

“Every day they are coming out with firearms, slapping themselves and blaming it on the Trinamool Congress,” the Chief Minister said.

Over 40 political killings have been reported in West Bengal since January.

 

 

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