Jagat Prakash Nadda, BJP working President, assailed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday and said that she has started a 'jungle raj' and let loose a 'reign of terror' in the State of West Bengal. Nadda participated in the 'mass tarpan' held by the saffron party during the day for its workers who had lost their lives in political violence in the State in the past few years. 'Tarpan' is a Hindu ritual in which prayers are offered for the dead on Mahalaya ahead of Durga Puja. Nadda spoke to the family members, including children, of the dead party workers and assured them all help from the party.
"There is jungle raj and reign of terror in West Bengal under TMC. The state is witnessing goonda raj as there is no rule of law here. Family members of slain BJP workers in the state are not getting justice. But this jungle raj will end soon as the time for the TMC government is over."
Furthermore, he claimed that democracy is being strangled in the state and the ruling party as Trinamool Congress is torturing workers and leaders who have a different notion. More than 80 people have lost their lives in the political violence in Bengal in the last two years, he said. "The police are not lodging cases and have turned into mute spectators. The protectors have become predators. Mamata Banerjee is neither giving the people justice nor allowing any proper judicial remedy," said Nadda. This is Nadda's first visit to Bengal after taking over as the BJP working president.
Nadda said the party vows to fulfill the dreams of slain party workers by making Bengal free from 'goonda raj' and establish the rule of law in the state. He further said that more than 3,000 BJP cadre were forced to leave their homes after the 2018 panchayat elections in West Bengal and are in hiding and more than 2,500 BJP workers have been physically assaulted. Around 80 people have laid down their lives and around 1,000 wounded workers are being treated. He also said that Banerjee is fast losing her political ground in West Bengal and has no vision as the Chief Minister.
Adding to his statements, he said that the political violence seen in Bengal is not seen elsewhere in any part of the country. He addressed it to be a case of 'Vinaasha Kaale Vipareet Buddhi' (when one's doom approaches, then one's mind, one's intelligence works perversely). "India is a land of democratic values and whoever tries to strangulate democracy will have to go. We will continue our fight for establishing democracy in Bengal," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)