Election 2019

BJP leader in Bengal cautions of counter violence if central forces don’t act

BJP’s Bengal unit general secretary and Lok Sabha candidate from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district Sayantan Basu on Monday reported that party workers will resort to counter violence to thwart ruling Trinamool Congress if the central forces do not play their role in the seventh and last phase of elections on May 19.

“If the central forces perform their role properly, there will be no trouble. Else, we have to resort to counter violence to neutralize TMC. If we do that, TMC will be nowhere, because they have lost the support of the people. I will require the central forces that if they (TMC) try to create trouble, shoot them in the chest, not at the legs,” he told the media.

The TMC dismissed Basu’s comments. “His words are only an indication of the frustration of the BJP candidate, who knew that his defeat was certain,” stated TMC district president and minister Jyoti Priya Mallick.

Basirhat is located on the Indo-Bangladesh border. The TMC won the seat in 2009 and 2014.

Polling will be held in this constituency on May 19.

On Sunday, central forces on election duty had come under fire from the TMC which accused them of forcing people in Jhargram to vote for the BJP in the 6th phase of polling.

Last week, the Centre had transferred an additional 30 companies of central paramilitary forces to West Bengal for the sixth and seventh phases of the general elections.

Quite a some BJP candidates and leaders such as Locket Chatterjee and Bharati Ghosh had publicly expressed unhappiness at the role of the central forces in countering muscle flexing by TMC supporters on polling days.

On Sunday, BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh told the media that the personal security guards of Ghatal party candidate Bharati Ghosh, who opened fire near a booth, should have pointed at the chest (of troublemakers).

Every six phases of the elections in the state so far have been marked by violent political clashes, allegations of booth capturing, glitches in Electronic Voting Machines. The BJP and the TMC have accused each starting the violence and have approached the Election Commission with multiple complaints.

Sayantan Basu is no stranger to incendiary comments. In the last week of March, Basu triggered a controversy when he stated at an election rally that on poll day central forces would be asked to shoot troublemakers in the chest and not in the leg. He had also stated that women in Basirhat will hack troublemakers with hatchets used for cutting coconuts in that the area.

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