Earlier this week marked outreach programs initiated by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal.
The violence has been in the news ever since the ruling party emerged as the main adversary during the panchayat elections in 2018. There were clashes during the Lok Sabha elections last year. Assembly elections are due in about five months. The BJP has alleged that 120 of its cadres have been killed since the panchayat elections in the state.
On Saturday, clashes between supporters of both parties took place in Barabani area of West Burdwan district. BJP district unit president Laxman Gharui alleged that five of his cadres were injured by bombs and bullets when they were attacked by TMC-backed criminals.
“Our workers gathered around noon for a procession planned as part of the Noi Noy (No More Injustice) program. He was attacked without provocation. One worker was hit by a bullet, ”said Ghurui.
TMC district president Jitendra Tiwari said, “This is a false allegation. The clash took place between two rival factions of the BJP. Our party is not involved in this. ”
On the other hand, TMC local MLA Bidhan Upadhyay alleged that the ruling party workers were attacked in Jamgram by the BJP when they visited homes under the “Duwar Sarkar (Government at the Door”) program launched by Chief Minister Mamata. Was doing. Banerjee earlier this week. A large police force led by Assistant Commissioner Manav Singla of Asansol-Durgapur Police rushed to the spot to control the situation.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya went to a private hospital in Durgapur on Saturday evening to see the injured party worker.
“The situation is under control now,” a senior police officer in the district said on condition of anonymity on Sunday. “The BJP approached the police to get permission for its program, but it was not given to avoid tension as both parties wanted to take to the streets in the same area,” he said.
In a similar incident, several BJP workers were allegedly beaten up in Sitai in Cooch Behar district of North Bengal on Saturday. BJP Lok Sabha member Nishith Pramanik from Cooch Behar alleged that bombs were hurled by TMC workers when BJP workers were participating in any event.
Karmadaksh Noor Alam Hussain of the TMC-controlled Zilla Parishad denied the charge and said the clash took place between rival groups of the BJP.
Kolkata, North Kolkata saw some tension during the “Duality Government” camp between two TMC factions. However there was no violence.
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