On the 13th of July, the BJP launched the “Save Bengal” campaign from Delhi’s Rajghat, in view of arresting Bengal’s turbulent political scenario. BJP’s decision comes in wake of the recent communal riots which triggered unrest in an otherwise peaceful state of West Bengal. Union ministers Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan and BJP general secretary of Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya, lashed out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for playing “appeasement politics” in Bengal and denying the fundamental rights of the people.
The BJP alleged that under the aegis of TMC Hindus are tortured and burnt alive and the BJP delegates are not allowed to visit the riot affected areas.
In order to mark the disturbing scenario of West Bengal and revive its constitutional sanctity, the BJP will organize the “Save Bengal” programme in the premises of the constitutional club on 26th July at 5 pm. BJP spokes person Meenakshi Lekhi quoted that Bengal is being moth eaten by a clan of disruptive Jehadi forces and the whole nation needs to join hands to negate such evil forces.
The “save Bengal” campaign started from Rajghat, with a group of supporters marched along to protest the suppression of majoritarian community in the North 24 paraganas of West Bengal.
“This is not an isolated demonstration. The BJP would carry out a string of protests across the nation to bring to book the communal hegemony of TMC regime. Our goal is to defeat the Jihadi anarchists who have subjugated democracy in West Bengal,” said Union Minister Smriti Irani.
To make the protest emphatic the BJP fielded some of its key leaders like BJP general secretary Kailash VIjayvargiya, MPs Babul Supriyo, SS Ahluwalia, Mahesh Giri, Meenakshi Lekhi and Pravesh Verma. The supporters held placards with slogans against the Mamata Banerjee government, calling for a serious intervention to cut the nexus between the West Bengal government and the jehadi forces.
In the mean while the West Bengal police brought criminal charges against a BJP leader for inciting communal feelings among people, through flagrant texts in the social media.
State’s Criminal Investigation Department arrested BJP IT cell in-charge Tarun Sengupta for allegedly posting fake images and videos of a Muslim police officer beating a Hindu man on Facebook.
BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said, “Many innocent people got injuries and killed in the Bashirhat riots and we don’t want an unfolding of a second partition due to the anarchist rule of the Mamata Banerjee government.”
Keeping in line with the “save Bengal” campaign a similar protest was launched in front of Mumbai’s Churchgate railway station with “Mamta Hatao Bangal Bachao” slogans screaming from the placards.
The initial violence in Bashirhat was fuelled by a social media meme posted by a teenager named who allegedly wrote “Islam Khatre mein” and sparked communal tension in the Baduria district of Bashirhat.
BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi stated that this is not the first time Bengal was under the radar of communal clashes, similar incidents have been reported earlier from the Kaliachak and Dhulagarh districts of West Bengal. Many people across the country are accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of instigating communal motives and shaking the secular harmony of the state.
Poor people are being targeted for no reason and are unnecessarily becoming the victim of divisive politics in the region. The Bashirhat carnage is an eye-opener for the people of Bengal and the entire nation, spring boarding so many socio-economic issues that Bengal is facing right now. The Mamata Banerjee government is allegedly opening certain pockets across the sensitive border of West Bengal and soft pedalling the influx of Bangladeshi immigrants.
The BJP pledges to address the constitutional breakdown of the state and bring a change of guard in Bengal in the near future.
Gone are the days when Bengal was recognised for its front runners of modern democracy. Icons like Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Subhash Chandra Bose, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Bipin Chandra Pal and Surya Sen.
The political blame game between the TMC and BJP continues, as the West Bengal government also launched the “Shanti Vahini” force to keep a check on anti-communal forces loitering in the state and provoking outrage among people.