‘Very serious situation’: Mamata’s Nandigram nemesis Suvendu Adhikari equates Bengal violence with CPI(M) era
Kolkata: On a day Mamata Banerjee took oath as the West Bengal Chief Minister for the third consecutive time, her ‘Nandigram nemesis’ Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday said that the post-poll violence witnessed in the state is akin to what ensued towards the end of the CPI(M) rule in 2001.“The situation is very serious. I have been in politics for a long time. Such an atmosphere was created in 2001 when CPI(M) was making an exit. At that time, Mamata Banerjee got 60 seats. There was political violence in some areas,” Adhikari, who was once a close aide of Mamata Banerjee before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, said.The Trinamool Congress won the 2021 state elections by landslide margin, bagging 213 seats in the 292-member Assembly, dealing a humiliating blow to the BJP, which secured only 77 in a fiercely-contested contest.“This time, it is happening across the state. People of a particular community are being attacked. As Nadda ji said, the situation is similar to what happened at the time of partition,” Adhikari added.BJP national president JP Nadda today said that the amount of ‘intolerance’ witnessed in West Bengal was unprecedented in India.“Those who were supposed to protect others are the ones responsible for this violence. They can take oath…everyone has the right to do that in a democracy. But we also take an oath that we’ll dismantle political violence in Bengal… We’ll take an oath that we’ll carry out our responsibility, by happily accepting the mandate, and play the important role of Opposition. What we fought in Bengal – political violence, appeasement and tyranny – we won’t step back from carrying out our duties,” Nadda told party workers in Kolkata today during a dharna against the incident.We'll take an oath that we'll carry out our responsibility, by happily accepting the mandate, and play the important role of Opposition. What we fought in Bengal - political violence, appeasement and tyranny - we won't step back from carrying out our duties: BJP chief JP Nadda pic.twitter.com/1xWrCAa0q6West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar too expressed anguish over the incidents at the swearing-in ceremony of Mamata Banerjee, exhorting the new administration to “take all steps to restore rule of law”.“I congratulate Mamata Ji on her third term. Our priority is that we must bring an end to this senseless violence that has affected society at large. I have every hope that the CM on an urgent basis will take all steps to restore rule of law,” Dhankhar said.Several shops and residences of BJP workers were allegedly vandalised by Trinamool Congress workers in various parts of the state after the results were announced on May 2.