After panchayat polls in West Bengal, violence continued with four deaths from different regions taking the toll to 23 in past 36 hours, reported by the sources. Unsubstantiated reports put Tuesday’s toll at 5 taking the total number of poll-related deaths to 24 even as fresh violence was reported from far flung areas of Coochbehar, Raiganj, South 24 Parganas, Howrah and two Midnapores.
This, even as a mischievously silent State Election Commission engaged in weighing up observers’ reports for a final verdict on whether it was prepared to order re-poll in 500-plus booths from where micro-observers have sent adverse observations on Monday’s violence-torn elections. Three political workers one each from Trinamool Congress, BJP and CPI(M) were murdered in Coochbehar, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur, sources said while two persons were found dead with bullet and bomb injuries in East Midanpore. Monday’s elections had claimed 19 lives and over 200 people sustained bomb and gun injuries in political clashes whereas hundreds of booths were either looted or rigged, some in the presence of police and even by police personnel, opposition parties alleged. Tuesday saw more violence at Basanti village in South 24 Parganas were two groups of Trinamool Congress clashed with bombs and guns leaving about half-a-dozen people injured. Meanwhile, the BJP on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her acts of political treachery.
Attacking Banerjee for her tendency to “stab in the back,” BJP leader Kailash Vijaybargiya said “Mamata Banerjee is a habitual traitor. She would not have come to power had she not been supported by the BJP but she is now killing our people.
“Without Atal Behari Vajpayee’s support she would not have become the leader she is now. But first thing she did after coming to power was to stab in the BJP’s back. But she will have to repent for this in the coming elections. ”
On what the BJP’s strategy would be in the 2019 elections considering the violence the TMC resorts to in every elections, the saffron leader said “That election will be conducted by the national Election Commission which has been taking note of all that is happening here. Besides half of her Cabinet colleagues will be in jail in another six month’s time. Most of her own leaders will not be by her side by then.
“She loves none but her own self and her nephew. All others are used by her and then thrown away. See what she did to Mukul Roy. But now her days are coming and she will feel the consequence of her treachery.”
Writer: Saugar Sengupta
Courtesy: The Pioneer