Attacking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the violence in Birbhum, the BJP on Tuesday alleged that democracy was being “murdered” in the state under her rule and was writing letters to other chief ministers urging unity to “hide its misdeeds”. .
Eight people, mostly women and children, were burnt alive in Bagatui village in Birbhum district last week in retaliation for the alleged killing of a ruling TMC panchayat official.
The incident has sparked national outrage, with the BJP, the main opposition party in West Bengal, demanding presidential rule in the state. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the deaths of eight people in Birbhum clearly showed that democracy was being killed under grassroots rule in West Bengal.
Speaking at a press conference, Patra quoted a media video and said that TMC MLA Narendra Chakraborty was talking about the politics of insurgency after the Birbhum violence. “This is the basic character of the TMC. The party rules the state by killing democracy every day,” he said.
When Banerjee was asked to write a letter to non-BJP chief ministers expressing solidarity, Patra said he was frustrated and was doing so to cover up his misdeeds. “Innocents are being killed under his nose for the politics of revenge and he is writing letters to other chief ministers. He is disappointed because his hobby with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav could not ensure BJP’s defeat in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
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