Bengal Governor Condemns State Political Killings, Mamata Banerjee Alleges Foul Play From Outsiders

CM Mamata Banerjee blamed external forces and ‘outsiders’ for the state’s political killings, alleging that this was a part of a plan to disrupt Bengal’s peace and political atmosphere

Raghav N

November 19, 2020

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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee engaged in a fresh war of words over the increasing political killings in the state. Accusing the government of disrupting the law and order situation in Bengal, Dhankar said that he will do what it takes to ensure a free and fair election for the upcoming assembly polls in 2021. He stressed on the need for politicians to work as public servants rather than activists on the loose.

The CM did not hold back either, blaming the murders on outsiders who have been sent to the region to disturb the political climate. Without taking names, Banerjee said that if some goons enter the home turf to terrorise its people, they should be countered. Referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as an outsider at several instances, she further said that divisive forces must be kept at bay.

On Wednesday morning, a BJP worker called Kalachand Karmakar was beaten to death in the state’s Cooch Behar region. While the saffron party accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the brutal murder, the latter blamed the BJP for politicising the matter.

As the ruling party tries to make its foothold stronger in Bengal with the upcoming elections, the political killings of close to 14 of its party workers remains a major cause of concern for the Narendra Modi government.

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