Mamata Banerjee Accuses BJP Of Killing Its Own Workers For Publicity

Following the brutal death of senior BJP worker Ulen Roy on Monday by the police in Siliguri, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that his injuries were inflicted with a shotgun, a weapon not used by the state’s law enforcement authorities

Raghav N

December 9, 2020

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The war of words continues to intensify between the West Bengal government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused the saffron party of killing its own workers and putting the blame on Trinamool Congress (TMC).

This came after the death of Ulen Roy, a senior BJP worker in Siliguri on Monday. Alleging that Roy was beaten fatally by the local police, his party called for a 12-hour bandh (strike) in North Bengal. The CM responded to the allegations stating that the deceased person’s reports showed that he had died from shotgun injuries, a weapon that is not used by the state’s police. She accused the rival party of killing its own member with pellets at its own rally for the sake of its publicity.

The TMC and BJP have been at loggerheads ever since the Narendra Modi government set its eyes in the Bengal region. After faring well in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state, senior leaders of the right-wing party, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah have been monitoring the penetration strategy in the region very closely for the upcoming 2021 legislative elections.

Political killings has been a major topic of contention between the two warring political outfits. In July this year, the BJP revealed that over 100 of its members had been killed in the Mamata Banerjee ruled state in the last five years.

Meanwhile, BJP Party President JP Nadda will start his two-day tour in Bengal, where he will virtually inaugurate party offices in nine districts.

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