The Centre on Sunday had also expressed concern over the "unabated violence" in Bengal. Several party workers from both the BJP and TMC have been allegedly murdered over flaring political tensions
Kolkata: After some BJP party workers were allegedly prevented from holding a funeral for its workers, the BJP in Bengal have decided to observe a statewide 'Black Day' on Monday.
The Centre on Sunday had also expressed concern over the "unabated violence" in Bengal. Several party workers from both the BJP and TMC have been allegedly murdered over flaring political tensions.
The Bengal BJP had alleged that its party workers were stopped on the highway by the state police when they were on their way to cremate the bodies of the dead party workers. At least two BJP workers were killed, and a Trinamool worker was shot and hacked to death in the North 24 Paraganas district on Saturday evening.
Bengal governer Kesari Nath Tripathi is all set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. He has, however, refused to address the reports of violence in the state. Tripathi said, "There is no such thing (discussion on clashes in Bengal) scheduled. I did not have time earlier (to go to Delhi to congratulate Modi) and had sought time for a meeting with the PM."
On Sunday, a statement issued from the governor's office read, "Governor Tripathi is very sad at the unfortunate loss of lives and properties of the citizens. He extends his heartfelt sympathy for the families and near and dear ones of the deceased."
Home Minister Amit Shah also asked for a report from the state on the ongoing violence, but it was dismissed as being of not much consequence. The prevalent violence was called "stray post-poll violence" by the state government.
TMC, on the other hand, decided to question the Centre's concern over the violence and even called it a conspiracy against Mamata Banerjee. TMC leader Partha Chatterjee said, "Why are they sending advisories to Bengal, a peaceful state? Why no advisory to UP and Gujarat? It's a conspiracy against Mamata Banerjee, Bengal and the government. We dare them to impose Article 356 (President's Rule)."
The BJP got a stunning 18 seats in Bengal, a state where it was virtually non-existent even a few years ago.
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