The BJP has accused West Bengals ruling Trinamool Congress of breaking tubewells and snapping water lines in three areas of West Burdwan and Birbhum districts soon after the results of the national election was announced.
BJP’s SS Ahluwalia won the Burdwan-Durgapur seat by a slender margin of 2,439 votes against his nearest rival Mamtaz Sanghamita of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party.
The BJP alleged Trinamool Congress workers have been trying to harass people in Burdwan who voted for the BJP.
The tubewells were damaged by Trinamool workers after the BJP got more votes at Kanakpur polling booth of Birbhum Lok Sabha constituency, local BJP leaders alleged. “All tubewells in the village have been damaged because BJP has done well,” said BJP worker Laltu Mondal.
The villagers protested outside the home of Trinamool panchayat member Panchanan Das, who said his party had nothing to do with the damage to tubewells. “Nobody can say that Trinamool, or a panchayat member, or some other local club has done all this. BJP has won. It is trying to put the blame on us,” Mr Das said.
The tubewells were repaired later.
More Similar Incidents
A similar incident happened in Let Para of Badha village under Rampurhat block.
BJP workers alleged that Trinamool workers broke five-six tubewells after saffron outfit’s candidate Dudh Kumar Mondal took lead in the area.
“Since BJP had got more votes, the ruling party workers damaged five-six tubewells and snapped drinking water lines,” said local BJP worker Durjodhan Mondal.
Trinamool member of Badha panchayat Shaymali Mondal said she was not aware who the culprits were.
However, the plumbers were called in and the tubewells, as also the water lines, repaired.
A third such incident was reported from ward number 30 of Durgapur municipal corporation under West Burdwan district.
Locals found 10 public taps, from which water is supplied at specific timings daily, had been damaged, sources said.
The development triggered tension, leading to a political blame game between the BJP and the Trinamool.
Recently, Mamata Banerjee’s party on Wednesday (29 My 2019) issued a clarification saying only one suspended MLA joined the saffron party, while the others were from Congress and CPI(M). The TMC added that six councillors joined the BJP but they “were forced at gunpoint to do so”.
The move came a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning to the West Bengal Chief Minister that her MLAs would abandon her after the results of the general elections, adding that 40 of them were already in touch with him. “When the lotus will bloom all over Bengal after May 23, Didi (Banerjee), you will see that your MLAs will also abandon you and run away. Forty of your MLAs are in touch with me even today,” Modi had told an election rally in Hooghly district.
Mamata has Declined Invitation to Modi’s Swearing In Ceremony
After accepting the invitation to attend PM Modi’s swearing in ceremony west Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee took a U-turn on Wednesday asking to be excused from the ceremony. DIdi was reacting to the allegation that 54 of BJP workers had been killed in political violence in Bengal and called it completely untrue.
Mamata reacted sharply to the media reports and stated “Congratulations, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. It was my plan to accept the ‘constitutional invitation’ and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister. She added that the deaths may have taken place due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes not related to politics.
She said that due to all the reasons mentioned she will not attend Modi’s swearing in ceremony.
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