Malda violence: BJP team requests President to step in

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Members of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation addressing the media after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee regarding the recent incidents of Malda, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Members of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation addressing the media after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee regarding the recent incidents of Malda, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

A delegation of BJP members met President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on Saturday afternoon regarding the recent violence in Malda in West Bengal.

A BJP team, led by party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and other central and state leaders, met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum.

The team requested the President to seek an independent report from the Governor on the issue even as they slammed the ruling TMC government in Bengal and accused it of promoting vote bank politics.

The BJP team also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of inaction and claimed that the state government’s policy of ‘appeasement and vote bank’ politics posed a threat to national security.

“The Malda incident is linked to the country’s internal security… This vote bank politics poses a threat to internal security as the same mob also raised pro-Pakistan slogans. That is why we have requested the President to seek his own report from the Governor and the report sought by the central government from the state will help stop the threat caused to the country’s internal security,” Vijayvargiya told reporters in Delhi after meeting the President.

Vijayvargiya also trashed the CM’s claim that the violence took place because the locals had problems with BSF.

“Why was the police station burnt? The reality is that it was burnt as all those leading that violent clash are linked with fake currency and opium cultivation and are anti-social elements who burnt the police station to put an end to their criminal activities…Unfortunately, all those are being protected by Mamata Banerjee. A number of TMC leaders are involved in such activities and there is vote bank politics played there. The minority community there is somewhere linked in all these three incidents and due to this vote bank politics, the West Bengal chief minister is not acting against them,” the BJP leader alleged.

The delegation presented a second memorandum to the President on Bengal’s inaction in arresting the accused in the hit-and-run case that killed an Air Force jawan while he was rehearsing for the Republic Day parade in Kolkata. The BJP has alleged that a TMC leader’s son was involved in the accident and that is why the government was reluctant to take any action.

BJP Secretary Siddhharth Nath Singh, West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh and former Bengal President Rahul Sinha were also part of the delegation.

On January 3, a crowd had set on fire Kaliachak police station and several vehicles while reportedly protesting against the alleged blasphemous remarks made by a pro-Hindutva leader.

Earlier this week, a team of three BJP members was denied permission to visit violence-hit Kaliachak. The team was turned back by the district authorities who cited prohibitory orders and asked them to leave.

(With inputs from PTI)