TMC govt failed to maintain law and order, says BJP

TMC govt failed to maintain law and order, says BJP

A day after the Trinamool Congress made organisational changes in a bid to fortify the party to combat the BJP across West Bengal, a visiting delegation from the saffron party criticised the state government for poor law and order situation in the state. 

The delegation visited areas where Trinamool workers allegedly attacked BJP supporters earlier this week. 

“The condition of West Bengal is worse than it was under the Left regime. The way the ruling party is using official machinery to terrorise and bully opposition party workers is condemnable,” Rajya Sabha MP and BJP vice-president Muqtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters after visiting Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas, where BJP and Trinamool workers got into a series of clashes over celebrating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in.

The BJP central delegation, comprising Naqvi, party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, senior leader Siddharth Nath Singh, along with newly-elected MPs Babul Supriyo and S S Ahluwalia, visited Sandeshkhali, followed by a visit to the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata, where around 30 BJP workers have been admitted with gunshot wounds. 

Later, they also submitted a memorandum to the state’s Chief Secretary, Sanjay Mitra. More than 30 BJP workers were allegedly attacked by Trinamool workers at Sandeshkhali on May 28, which led to the arrest of four persons till date. “We have come here to assess the situation arising out of attacks on party workers and submit a report to the central party leaders,” Naqvi said. 

The BJP’s state unit had requested for a central team of observers.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Mamata Banerjee said that with 34 MPs, the TMC will keep an eye on the performance of the Narendra Modi government. “We are always constructive and not negative. If people’s interests are harmed, we will pounce. If we see that it (the Narendra Modi government) is working for the good of the people, we will see and discuss,” insiders quoted Banerjee as saying at a closed-door meeting. 

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