West Bengal communal riots: Amit Shah forms three-member committee to visit violence-hit areas

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday formed a three-member committee which would visit the riot-affected parts of North 24-Parganas district in West Bengal and submit a report on communal violence in the region.

The committee includes OP Mathur, Satyapal Singh and Meenakashi Lekhi, all members of Parliament.

Kailash Vijayvargiya. Twitter@KailashOnline

Kailash Vijayvargiya. Twitter@KailashOnline

The formation of the committee is seen as an attempt on the part of the BJP to corner the ruling Trinamool Congress which it has accused of practising "Muslim appeasement politics", leading to communal violence.

A party statement said it would coordinate with state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and national general secretary in charge of the state, Kailash Vijayvargiya.

Seeking the central government's intervention, Vijayvargiya had written to home minister Rajnath Singh, saying Hindus had been attacked and the state police was unable to control the situation.

Stating that no one should doubt West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi's potential and scholarship, Vijayvargiya on Thursday accused the state government of attacking the governor to divert people's attention from its administrative failure to maintain law and order.

"He has been a minister in Uttar Pradesh and the Speaker of the legislative Assembly there. His rulings in the Vidhan Sabha during his tenure were appreciated by the High Court and the Supreme Court. There can be no questions about his scholarship," he said.

Claiming that law and order in the state was in tatters, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader accused the Mamata Banerjee government of attempting to fire from the governor's shoulder out of their disdain and desperation to hide the failure.

"The state government is doing this out of disdain and desperation. The law and order situation in the state is completely in tatters. I think they are trying to fire the gun from the governor's shoulder to hide their failure," he added.

The clash between the governor and the state's ruling Trinamool Congress came to the fore after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused Tripathi of threatening and humiliating her during a telephonic conversation while her party leaders termed him as "BJP cadre".

Tripathi, however, maintained there was nothing threatening or humiliating in whatever he told the chief minister.

On Wednesday, Trinamool leader and state rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee strongly criticised the governor's role in the whole controversy and called him "BJP's parrot".

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 22:09 PM

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