Kolkata: Diamond Harbour MP and Trinamool Youth Congress National President Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday defended his statement that the “Opposition should be nil in Purulia”, which the BJP has tried to link to the death of its two workers in the district.
“I see no crime in my call to make Opposition nil in Purulia through a democratic process. Still, I am being blamed for the death of two youths in Purulia. I did not mean to make Purulia an Opposition-free district,” Abhishek said in Calcutta, addressing a rally against the oil price rise.
Abhishek said senior Trinamul leaders had “strongly condemned” the deaths in Purulia’s Balarampur, calling them “unfortunate incidents”.
BJP Yuva Morcha worker Trilochan Mahato, 18, and party worker Dulal Kumar, 32, were found hanging in Balarampur days after the panchayat elections. Both had campaigned for the party, which performed very well in the area.
The BJP had won nine out of 40 zilla parishad seats, while it managed to bag four panchayat samitis and 60 out of 144 gram panchayats in Purulia.
The party’s leaders had tried to link the two deaths to Abhishek’s statement that “Opposition should be nil in Purulia”.
Abhishek on Wednesday pointed to the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah against the Congress.
“The BJP national president and the Prime Minister had given repeated calls for ‘Congress-free India’. Should we then consider them responsible for the death of all Congressmen during this period?” he asked.
Shah has accused the TMC government of surpassing the “violent legacy of the Communist rule in Bengal.”