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Post-Election Violence in Bengal: BJP Sends Central Team for Assessment

In the aftermath of the recent elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has raised alarms over what it describes as rampant violence in West Bengal. Responding to these allegations, the BJP's national leadership has dispatched a central team to survey the affected areas. This team was formed under the direction of the party’s national president, J.P. Nadda, and is headed by Tripura MP Biplab Deb.

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The committee, led by Deb, includes senior MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, MP Brijlal, and MP Kavita Patidar. This delegation is set to visit West Bengal soon to inspect various areas reportedly afflicted by violence. They plan to speak with the victims and hold meetings with the state BJP leadership. The team may also meet with the Governor of West Bengal. After their visit, the committee will report their findings to the BJP's national leadership.

Despite assurances from the Chief Election Commissioner that there was minimal unrest during the seventh phase of the election, post-election violence concerns have surfaced. Consequently, the tenure of the central security forces deployed in the state has been extended. According to the BJP, reports of violence have been widespread since the elections concluded, with many BJP workers and supporters injured and several allegedly forced to leave their homes. Numerous BJP leaders have already approached the courts regarding this purported violence. Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari has even organized a visit to the Raj Bhavan with some of the victims.

The BJP’s central leadership has taken the additional step of forming a separate committee to thoroughly investigate the situation in the state. In an official statement, the BJP claimed that while elections across various parts of the country have been conducted peacefully, West Bengal remains an exception with significant post-election violence targeting opposition party workers. The BJP accuses Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of remaining a silent spectator amidst these alleged atrocities.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), however, has dismissed the formation of this committee as a political maneuver. Former Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh of the TMC remarked, “During Biplab Deb’s tenure in Tripura, there were instances of violence involving police stations and virtually uncontested panchayat elections. And now, he is being sent to assess the election violence in Bengal.” Ghosh categorically denied any post-election violence in the state, stating, “There has been no election violence anywhere in the state. No BJP workers have been displaced. The only displaced BJP leader is Dilip Ghosh, who has been sidelined by Suvendu Adhikari and Sukanta Majumdar.”

The situation remains tense as the central team prepares to conduct its assessment, and political rhetoric between the BJP and TMC continues to escalate.

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