TMC killing democracy in Bengal: Vijayvargiya

Kolkata
4 May 2017

The BJP today accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of not respecting the Opposition and killing democracy in West Bengal.

"In a democracy the Opposition plays an important role.
But in Bengal the Mamata Banerjee-government bulldozed the Opposition. Here the rule of law does not prevail," BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said. He was speaking at a meeting to protest against alleged "kidnapping and forcing" of the Naxalbari tribal couple, who had hosted BJP president Amit Shah during his recent visit, to join the TMC. He said that BJP workers had gone to the Naxalbari police station to file an FIR and alleged that the police did not even register it.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh had stated on Wednesday: "We had reports that they were being threatened by the TMC goons. They had been missing for the last two days. They were kidnapped by the TMC and forced to join the party. We condemn such an act." Vijayvargiya, who hailed from Madhya Pradesh, said: "The BJP was in opposition in that state when the Congress was in power but the Congress used to give us respect".

"But in Didi's Bengal, there is no respect for the Opposition. Violence was unleashed against Opposition party workers", he said, adding: "We are not scared. We cannot be cowed down. The BJP is the world's biggest political party. We will not say eye for an eye but we have to save democracy". The BJP leader alleged that chief minister Mamata Banerjee was practicising 'appeasement politics' for garnering votes.

"The students were facing problem in performing Saraswati puja in educational institutions and restrictions were imposed on immersion of Durga idols. The people also faced difficulty in taking out Ram Navami processions," he alleged. The party today held protests in various parts of the state accusing the rulling party of "kidnapping and forcing" the Naxalbari tribal couple, who had hosted BJP president Amit Shah during his recent visit, to join the TMC. The activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and the BJP organized protest rallies and meetings in Kolkata, Naxalbari, Siliguri and districts of of north and south 24 Parganas. They accused the TMC of "kidnapping" the Mahali couple who had served lunch to the BJP chief during his visit to the area in north Bengal on April 25 last.

Meanwhile BJP women's wing leader Locket Chatterjee today visited a house in Chetla area of Bhawanipore in Kolkata, where Amit Shah had gone during his 'Booth Chalo Abhiyan' in Kolkata last week. "I am here to meet the family members as we are concerned about their security. If TMC can carry out such a heinous act in north Bengal, then they can repeat it in Bhawanipore, Kolkata. But TMC should remember one thing- you can force someone to join your party, but you can't force someone to vote for you," Chatterjee said.

Seeking to expand his party base in West Bengal, Shah had visited a slum in chief minister Mamata Banerjee's Bhawanipur Assembly constituency last week.