West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee appeals for peace amid post-poll violence

West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee appeals for peace amid post-poll violence


fter the declaration of results in West Bengal, at least a dozen people have been reported dead in post-poll violence. Mamata Banerjee has urged everyone to maintain peace and blamed the BJP for the violence. The Trinamool Congress alleged five of its supporters were killed, of those three in East Burdwan and one in Hooghly.

On the other hand, the BJP alleged that six of its party workers were killed in the attack across the state and a hundred party offices and houses of their workers were vandalised. The BJP blamed the TMC and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence.

The Union Home Ministry sought a report from the state government on the post-poll violence in West Bengal. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh around 5 pm on Monday and later met Mamata Banerjee. He discussed about the violent attacks with Ms Banerjee and asked for a report from the state authorities.

A worker of the Indian secular front (ISF), a partner with the left and Congress in the Samyukta Morcha, was also killed at Bhangar in south 24 Parganas. Ms Banerjee urged everyone to maintain peace and asked to report the police if any disputes occur across the state.

"It's a good thing Mamata Banerjee has called for peace. If things don't calm down, then we will hold protests and dharnas. In less than 24 hours of the results, at least 5-6 of our party workers were killed, a 1000 homes and offices vandalised. Why this violence by Trinamool even after a victory?" Mr Ghosh said. BJP national president JP Nadda will visit the state on Tuesday for two days. The BJP on Monday announced nationwide protests that will take place on Wednesday against the alleged violent attacks by the TMC.