Recently Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo and BJP MP from West Bengal Smt. Roopa Ganguly participated in BJP’s national press conference to address the spurt of violence in West Bengal which marred the filing of nominations ahead of the Panchayat polls.
The conference was also presided by honorable BJP MP from Darjeeling SS Ahluwalia and Rajya Sabha MP and eminent journalist Swapan Dasgupta.
The Union Minister lashed out at the ruling TMC in West Bengal for alleged manhandling and rampant attacks on BJP workers during the nomination filing process for Panchayat polls in Birbhum district on 8th April.
According to reports bombs were hurled at BJP and TMC workers following an altercation between both the parties which was allegedly incited by the Mamata Banerjee ruled TMC rogues.
The minister of state pointed at the absolute disruption of law and order situation during the filing of nomination papers at the SDO office speculated as TMC’s collusion with the police forces.
All the three leaders came down heavily on the atrocities inflicted on the candidates filing their nomination for the elections, which is regressive on grounds of a democratic nation like India where people have free will to exercise their votes.
The conference began with the presentation of the victims of the Panchayat polls which highlighted the persistent crime against humanity and questions the authority of the election body called election commission.
Babul Supriyo went further to point out the shameful acts of violence committed by the TMC cadres, right under the nose of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
He resented at the prevalence of hatred in the state and how fundamental rights of the people were being exploited by the state administration, with nomination rights of opposition parties being withheld forcibly by some of the TMC goons.
Pointing out crimes that are perpetrated under the ruling TMC administration, witnessed by the folks of West Bengal, Babul said it was pathetic to watch how people willing to file nominations were dragged out of the SDO offices and threatened by the TMC cadres to withdraw their nomination and leave 50 % of the seats uncontested.
He described how the TMC workers outside the SDO offices were in a festive mood making merry, scuttling away BJP candidates from filing their nominations. Even the people who file FIRs against such incidents are threatened by the state police to withdraw their nominations.
Such freak incidents have completely dislodged people’s faith from the ruling administration and has tarnished the image of one of the largest democracies of the world.
The Union Minister states that in protest of the atrocities against the people of Bengal the BJP will hold a rally in front of Rajghat (Gandhiji’s tomb) and the parliament house and share the details of this incident with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Honourable MP Roopa Ganguly expressed her apathy over the state administration citing that the ruling government has flouted the norms of democracy and won elections at the cost of innocent lives.
Referring to a tribal named Ajit Murmu who was brutally beaten to death in public, Ganguly condemned this dastardly act by the TMC hooligans of violation of minorities’ rights in the name of democracy, at the beck and call of Mamata Didi
In few Gram Panchayats like Sandeshkhali and Metiakhali, TMC miscreants ransacked houses, disconnected electricity and thrashed BJP members who were on the verge of filing nominations.
In a state whose Chief Minister pledges to protect and fight for the rights of minorities and underprivileged, such acts of violence are indeed loathsome.
Union Minister of Council and BJP MP from Darjeeling SS Ahluwalia also raised concerns over the state government’s anarchical rule and disenfranchising public from free and fair elections by immoral means.
The Panchayat elections are being conducted for members in 48,650-gram panchayats, 9,217 Panchayat Samiti, and 825 district councils. Out of 6.5 crore voters in West Bengal, 5,8,00000 voters will participate in these polls.
“Unfortunately the mayhem unleashed under Mamata Banerjee’s rule has left people baffled and vexed up, who can be won only with BJP’s firm resolution and determination to reestablish democracy in the state,” said Ahluwalia.
Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta touted West Bengal as the most violent state in the whole of India at the behest of CM Mamata Banerjee. He lamented at the state government’s inability to maintain law and order to ensure peaceful elections, leading to gradual shrinking of democratic space.
However, it’s the state elections commission’s responsibility to conduct free and fair Panchayat elections. When the state election commission requested additional deployment of CRPF officers and election observers for unabated election process it was refused by the state government saying they were “sufficient”, pointed Dasgupta.
He lambasted the West Bengal government’s electoral process calling it a “pre-meditated exercise of conscious intimidation of people.” The state BJP also sought the Supreme Court intervention to order free and fair elections in the state.
The conference ended on a fair note announcing the route, venue and time of the rally to protest the Panchayat poll violence in West Bengal, to be held in Rajghat New Delhi.
Please find the inset video of the conference here: