Tribune News Service
Kolkata, April 7
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged women activists of her occasion to “gherao” CRPF personnel deployed within the state on election responsibility. She alleged they have been performing as BJP employees and focusing on women specifically to stop them from voting.
Addressing a rally at Cooch Behar, she stated some officers of the state police additionally had “switched sides” after the elections obtained below manner in West Bengal. She cited the occasion of Arambagh, the place TMC candidate Sujata Mondal was chased by BJP supporters with lathis on Tuesday, and stated, “I saw one in Arambagh yesterday… I saw the role of the officer-in-charge there.”
On central forces, Mamata stated if the CRPF prevented individuals from voting, some women should gherao (encompass and block) them whereas different should use the chance to vote. “I respect the CRPF. They are real soldiers. But I do not respect the BJP’s CRPF. They are beating women and harassing people,” she alleged, casting aspersions on the paramilitary pressure that just lately misplaced 22 males in an ambush by Naxals in Chhattisgarh. The CM accused the BJP of taking recourse to terror ways within the third part of voting. She stated it was troublesome to describe the torture endured by the TMC on Tuesday.
“Trinamool candidate Sujata Mandal was beaten up with a bamboo stick. They killed our booth president in Goghat. Our candidate Nazmul was thrashed in Khanakul and the central forces stood guard in villages to prevent women from voting,” Mamata stated.
“I ask mothers and sisters — if anyone stops of you from voting, don’t obey. Have the courage to say no,” she added.
‘Treat remark as seditious’
Kolkata: The BJP took robust exception to Mamata’s remarks and urged the Election Commission to bar her from campaigning. In a letter to the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer, the BJP stated given the current state of affairs, Mamata’s comment on the CRPF must be handled as “seditious and anti-national”. “The TMC must be derecognised as a political party,” demanded the BJP letter signed by Rajya Sabha MP Ashwini Vishnaw, industrialist-turned-BJP chief Shishir Bajoria and BJP Mahila Morcha normal secretary Amrita Banerjee. The BJP additionally alleged that taking cues from Mamata’s speech, TMC supporters on Wednesday vandalised the automobile of Dipak Kumar Roy, BJP candidate from the Sitai constituency. pti