Dhulagarh Riots: BJP National Executive Terms Mamata Govt “Draconian”

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Kolkata: Amidst the ongoing political tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress, the BJP has accused the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal of indulging in “appeasement politics” that has resulted in the rise of “communal tension”.

A political resolution adopted by the BJP national executive during its two-day meeting, which began in New Delhi on Friday, took cognizance of the recent attack on the party’s headquarters in Kolkata following the arrest of two TMC MP’s by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The resolution terms Banerjee’s government as “draconian” and says that it has become difficult to carry out normal political activity in the state.

Making scathing observations about the law and order situation in the state, the resolution says, “The recent attacks on BJP headquarters in Kolkata and scores of other places in Bengal point to the extreme and violent form of political intolerance practiced by the ruling TMC. It is a sad commentary on the bureaucracy and law and order machinery that they too seem to have become mute spectators while lawlessness and crime perpetrates.”

Taking note of the recent communal flare-up in Howrah’s Dhulagarh, the BJP resolution alleges that extreme “appeasement politics” had led to severe communal tension in the state. “Government machinery has been misused to allow the perpetrators of communal violence go scot-free if not clandestinely support them. The failure of the TMC government in Bengal in safeguarding the majority law-abiding community is most glaring in the recent Dhulagarh riots where the rioters went about torching houses and shouting slogans like

Pakistan Zindabad while the state police had looked the other way,” the resolution states.
Interestingly, the resolution, which comes days after the BJP’s state leadership met West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi demanding the imposition of President’s rule in the state, has been proposed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and seconded by the party’s former Bengal president and current national secretary Rahul Sinha. In fact, the Ministry of Home Affairs has also taken cognizance of the recent political violence and incidents of arson on BJP party offices across the West Bengal.

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