• Monday, May 17, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:03 am

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

  • Published at 12:29 pm May 4th, 2021
Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee speaks to supporters gathered outside her home celebrating the party's results in the West Bengal legislative assembly election, in Kolkata on May 2, 2021 AFP

Reports suggest that at least eight people have been killed in clashes among political parties

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday appealed for peace in the state after opposition parties accused the Trinamool Congress of killing their supporters in post-poll violence, reported the Indian newspaper The Telegraph. The ruling party also claimed its members were killed.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has expressed concern on the development, while the Union Home Ministry has sought a report.

“Elections are over now...sometimes it becomes very heated,” Banerjee said. “There is also no denying that the  Bharatiya Janata Party and the central forces committed atrocities. I will request all to stay peaceful.”

The chief minister’s appeal came after the BJP claimed that six of its members were killed and the party’s offices were vandalised by Trinamool Congress supporters, according to The Indian Express. Meanwhile, the TMC said that two of its workers were killed, The Times of India reported.

Various reports reported the toll to be between eight and 11. However, there has been no official confirmation yet by the state police.

BJP leaders, including state unit chief Dilip Ghosh and party General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, tweeted videos of the alleged incidents of violence. The party has called for a “nationwide dharna” against the alleged violence on May 5.

However, Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien said that the incidents were “BJP intra-party fights.”

Governor Dhankhar tweeted on Monday evening, saying that he had discussed the matter of post-poll violence with Banerjee. 

He has also sought reports from the Kolkata police commissioner, the West Bengal director general of police and the state home department. 

Earlier, the Union Home Ministry had also sought a report from the state government.

On Sunday, the Trinamool Congress emerged victorious in the longest-ever Assembly elections, held in eight phases amid the massive rise in Covid-19 infections in the country. 

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won 213 seats – way beyond the majority mark of 148. The Bharatiya Janata Party managed to secure only 77 constituencies.  

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail