Kolkata: Union minister Smriti Irani today pilloried the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal for the violence over nomination filing for next month’s panchayat polls, claiming that the Mamata Banerjee-led regime had “failed in the state”.
“The death of BJP leader Ajit Murmu only speaks of the law-and-order situation in the state. It speaks about how the TMC government has failed in the state…It shows how democracy is dying in Bengal,” the information and broadcasting minister told a press conference at the state BJP office here.
Irani said the entire country was well aware of the “ground reality in Bengal”. Asked for her comment on the need for deployment of central forces for the rural polls, a demand made by the opposition parties, she said, “Being a central minister, I do not want to comment on the issue from this forum, but as a BJP worker, I would like to say that in a state, where a police official of the Asansol police commissionerate is not safe, what is happening in that state we all are aware of it.”
The Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of the Asansol-Durgapur police commissionerate, Arindam Dutta Chowdhury, was severely injured when agitators hurled a bomb at him near Ranigunj during clashes over Ram Navami processions.
Several incidents of political clashes between the workers of the BJP and the TMC have been reported from various areas of the state in the last few days over filing of nominations for the coming rural polls. The violence that started since the beginning of the nomination filing on April 2 has claimed two lives in Malda and Bankura districts so far and left many injured.
Clashes between TMC and BJP activists were reported from the Nabagram area in Murshidabad district and Bankura today. Mondal alleged that about 300 “TMC goons”, who were present there in violation of section 144, CrPC clamped in the area, attacked the BJP delegation.