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West Bengal TMC-BJP clashes LIVE updates: Governor KN Tripathi meets Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to apprise them of situation in state

West Bengal TMC-BJP clashes LIVE updates: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The meeting lasted for more than thirty minutes as Tripathi briefed the prime minister about the prevailing situation in the state. Earlier, he also met Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him as well.

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West Bengal TMC-BJP clashes LIVE updates: Governor KN Tripathi meets Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to apprise them of situation in state

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'Mamata's army will fight back with violence to keep BJP away from taking over its bastion'

 

(Governor) Tripathi's visit to Delhi, his appeal for peace and the MHA advisory are not going to cut much ice, writes Suhit K Sen. "The TMC has built up over the past eight years a formidable army. On the ground, it is certainly more formidable than that of the BJP, despite its electoral gains,... and as the BJP keeps raising the stakes, seeing its prize so close to its grasp, Mamata's army will fight back with all the violence of which it is capable."

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Basirhat had witnessed communal violence in 2017 

 

Basirhat and Baduria had seen communal clashes in July 2017 as well; central forces had to be called to control the situation back then. Incidents of communal violence were reported in the Baduria town in Basirhat subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal after a social media post on Islamic prophet Muhammad and Kaaba by a 17-year-old student of Class XI. According to local reports, the villagers had claimed the miscreants were outsiders.

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June 10, 2019 - 14:14 (IST)

Keshari Nath Tripathi meets Narendra Modi, Amit Shah in Delhi

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The meeting lasted for more than thirty minutes, All India Radio reported. Tripathi briefed the prime minister about the prevailing situation in the state. Earlier, he also met Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him as well.

June 10, 2019 - 14:11 (IST)

'Mamata's army will fight back with violence to keep BJP away from taking over its bastion'

 

(Governor) Tripathi's visit to Delhi, his appeal for peace and the MHA advisory are not going to cut much ice, writes Suhit K Sen. "The TMC has built up over the past eight years a formidable army. On the ground, it is certainly more formidable than that of the BJP, despite its electoral gains,... and as the BJP keeps raising the stakes, seeing its prize so close to its grasp, Mamata's army will fight back with all the violence of which it is capable."

June 10, 2019 - 14:05 (IST)

West Bengal marred with political violence, instances rise in wake of elections

West Bengal has been prone to political violence for at least half a century, ie most of its existence, going back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though, in recent days, violence has been reported from Cooch Behar and Birbhum, Tamluk and East Midnapur. Moreover, on Sunday, there were clashes in Howrah and Hooghly districts — at Kolkata's doorstep.

June 10, 2019 - 14:02 (IST)

Recap: BJP claims democracy is being 'strangulated' as cadre is stopped from carrying bodies of slain workers

Whereas, BJP MP Locket Chatterjee accused the police personnel of working for the Trinamool Congress. "This is unethical. Police cannot stop us legally. If needed we will carry the bodies to Kolkata on our shoulders," she said.

June 10, 2019 - 13:52 (IST)

Bhangipara and Rajbari also affected by political violence in West Bengal

 

Over the last weekend, Bhangipara and Rajbari villages, just 3 kilometres apart and about 20 kilometres from the India-Bangladesh border, have seen one of the most intense and bloody political war over the control of the Hatgachhi gram panchayat as West Bengal witnesses a see-saw battle between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the run-up to the Assembly polls scheduled for 2021.

June 10, 2019 - 13:48 (IST)

Recap: Governor expresses grief over continued violence in state

The West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had on Monday expressed concern over "loss of lives" in the clashes. "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," a statement from his office read.

June 10, 2019 - 13:44 (IST)

Basirhat had witnessed communal violence in 2017 

 

Basirhat and Baduria had seen communal clashes in July 2017 as well; central forces had to be called to control the situation back then. Incidents of communal violence were reported in the Baduria town in Basirhat subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal after a social media post on Islamic prophet Muhammad and Kaaba by a 17-year-old student of Class XI. According to local reports, the villagers had claimed the miscreants were outsiders.

June 10, 2019 - 13:37 (IST)

Recap: Few 'stray incidents' of post-poll violence, states West Bengal government

In response to the Centre's advisory, the Mamata Banerjee government stated that there were a few "stray post-poll clashes" in the state and said that the situation was "under control", in a letter to the Centre.

June 10, 2019 - 13:29 (IST)

Centre may mull imposition of President's Rule if situation doesn't improve in West Bengal, says Kailash Vijayvargiya

BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya, however, said that the Centre isn't interfering in the governance of the turmoil-ridden state, but if the violence — which began before the general election — continues, the central government may think about imposing President's Rule in the state.

Meanwhile, on reports of Prashant Kishor working for Mamata's poll campaign for the upcoming Assembly election, Vijayvargiya said Kishor is a professional who is paid for the work he does and therefore there is nothing wrong in Mamata using his services.
  

June 10, 2019 - 13:12 (IST)

Kailash Vijayvargiya blames Mamata Banerjee, nephew Abhishek for violence and 'anarchy' in state

 

BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has alleged that BJP workers are being killed in West Bengal at the behest of TMC leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, News18 reported. Accusing Mamata and her nephew and Abhishek Banerjee — who was recently chosen MP from the Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency — of perpetrating post-poll violence in the state, Vijayvargiya said that BJP workers in Bengal are being threatened under the TMC rule.

He also blamed the TMC government for political anarchy in the state and claimed that there is a rigid system of bureaucracy in West Bengal under Mamata's regime.

West Bengal TMC-BJP clashes LATEST updates | West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The meeting lasted for more than thirty minutes, All India Radio reported. Tripathi briefed the prime minister about the prevailing situation in the state. Earlier, he also met Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him as well.

Amid post-poll violence in West Bengal, BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has alleged that BJP workers are being killed in West Bengal at the behest of TMC leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, News18 reported. Accusing Mamata and her nephew and Abhishek Banerjee — who was recently chosen MP from the Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency — of perpetrating post-poll violence in the state, Vijayvargiya said that BJP workers in Bengal are being threatened under the TMC rule.

Meanwhile, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi upon his arrival in Delhi said that he is paying 'courtesy visit' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he couldn't come to wish him on the day of his swearing-in ceremony.

The BJP has called a 12-hour bandh in Basirhat on Monday and decided to observe "Black Day" throughout the state, party sources said. On Wednesday, the BJP will march to the Kolkata Police headquarters of Lalbazar to protest against the violence in Sandeshkhali, they said.

Following several post-election clashes in West Bengal, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at noon on Monday to discuss "internal issues" of the state, including the law and order situation. The meeting comes two days after clashes between TMC and BJP workers in Basirhat killed at least five people.

The Union home ministry on Saturday night had sought a report from the Bengal government on the violence in Basirhat after BJP national executive member Mukul Roy informed home minister Amit Shah about the clashes.

Stating that there were a few "stray post-poll clashes" in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday claimed that the situation in the state was "under control" in a letter to the Centre. The Centre had issued an advisory after four people died in violence between workers of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

West Bengal TMCBJP clashes LIVE updates Governor KN Tripathi meets Narendra Modi Amit Shah to apprise them of situation in state

Governor KN Tripathi addresses media after meeting PM. ANI

State Chief Secretary Malay Kumar De wrote that "firm and appropriate actions" were initiated in all cases of violence without any delay.

"There have been a few stray post-poll clashes in the state perpetrated by some anti-social elements, the law enforcement authorities have been taking firm and appropriate actions in all such cases without any delay," De wrote in the letter to the Union Home Ministry.

"In the instant case under Nazat Police Station in North 24 Parganas district too, police case has been registered and investigation has been initiated, even while the maintenance of peace in the area has kept the police contingents busy on the roads and in the neighbourhood," the letter read.

"There has been no delinquency in the discharge of functions by public officials yet, the strict vigil has been kept on the evolved affairs," it added.

The chief secretary said the situation is under control and it may not be construed under any circumstance to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and impure confidence among the people.

Earlier in the day, the Centre expressed "deep concern" over continuing violence in the state, saying the "unabated violence" even after the Lok Sabha polls appears to be a failure on part of the state government. In the advisory, the Home Ministry asked the state government to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquillity.

"The unabated violence over the past weeks appears to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and inspire confidence among people," the advisory said.

Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee described the Centre sending the advisory as a conspiracy against the state government.

"West Bengal is the most peaceful state in the country and there has been no incident of any political bloodshed here. And you are floating a conspiracy theory by sending us this advisory note," Chatterjee told reporters.

Chatterjee questioned why there was no advisory note sent to the Uttar Pradesh government when incidents of violence were reported from there.

"You are using the home ministry in an undemocratic manner to issue this advisory to the state government. This is nothing but a political conspiracy," he said.

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