Bengal Violence: BJP to stage nationwide protest on Wednesday

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is organising nationwide dharna on Wednesday alleging that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers have attacked BJP workers post the state assembly election results.

“The BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on 5th May against the widespread violence unleashed by TMC workers post the election results in West Bengal. This protest will be held following all Covid protocols across all organisational mandals of the BJP,” the party tweeted on Monday night.

It’s notable that the BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda is also visiting West Bengal on Tuesday over the issue.

“BJP National President Shri @JPNadda will be visiting West Bengal on 4-5 May, in view of the wide spread post results retributive violence unleashed on BJP workers and supporters by criminal elements in the TMC cadre. He will be visiting families of the affected karyakartas,” the BJP said.

BJP leader Sambit Patra on Sunday was quoted by news agency ANI as saying that “As West Bengal poll results are being declared, TMC goons are attacking BJP offices & workers. BJP office in Arambagh was set on fire by TMC goons. TMC workers attacked BJP workers in Belaghat, similar incidents happened in Shivpur, Durgapur, Uttar Bardhaman”.

BJP IT Cell national in-charge Amit Malviya also tweeted: “After results for West Bengal assembly came in, TMC goons burnt down BJP’s party office in Arambagh… Is this what Bengal will have to suffer for the next 5 years?”

The two parties are engaged in fierce political battle in West Bengal after Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014.

Since 2016 assembly elections, the BJP has made inroads in the bastion of the TMC.

The BJP emerged as a main threat for Mamata Banerjee led TMC in West Bengal when it bagged 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state in 2019 general elections.

Before 2021 assembly elections, the BJP had set a target of winning over 200 seats in the state.

However, despite its all-out efforts, the saffron party couldn’t defeat the TMC in the recently concluded West Bengal assembly elections. However, it increased its seat tally to 77 and emerged as the main opposition party.

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