BJP working president J P Nadda on Saturday performed a "mass tarpan" for party workers who lost their lives in political violence in West Bengal in the last few years. Senior party leaders, including state president Dilip Ghosh and national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, were present during the ceremony.
Tarpan is a ritual in which water is offered to ancestors with prayers for peace to the departed souls. It is performed on days such as Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of the Durga Puja festivities, and Makar Sankranti along the banks of the Ganga and other rivers.
"A mass tarpan for 80 slain BJP workers was performed at Baghbazar Ghat in Kolkata. Family members of the slain BJP workers along with senior party leaders were present for the ritual," state BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu said.
BJP National Working President Shri @JPNadda offers 'Tarpan' to the peace-yearning souls of deceased BJP workers who lost their lives in Bengal's political violence in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/4XHIYJbQ8R— BJP (@BJP4India) September 28, 2019
Addressing the gathering in Kolkata, the BJP Working President slammed the West Bengal government led by TMC supremo Mamta Banerjee, calling it 'jungle raaj'. JP Nadda added that more than 80 people have lost their lives in the incidents of political violence in the city.
"Jungle rule is going on in West Bengal, there is nothing called law and order, democracy is being strangled in the state. The West Bengal government is physically torturing its opponent. More than 80 people have lost their lives in political violence in the city. The Jungle Raj government in West Bengal is not able to enforce law and order, nor is able to provide justice to the victims. The police has become a mute spectator and the protectors have become devourer," JP Nadda said.
(With PTI inputs)