The BJP’s West Bengal unit today accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of trying to spark communal tensions with “help from a section of its administration” to halt the party’s rise in the state. State BJP president Rahul Sinha said he has “specific information that TMC and a section of the administration was trying to spark communal violence in the state”. He stated that Governor M K Narayanan has been informed about this, “They will blame the rise of the BJP behind it (tensions). This is their ploy. I have informed the Governor who has passed this (information) on to his higher authorities,” Sinha said. “We request people to counter any such intention (that seeks) to destroy the communal fabric,” he added.
The TMC denied the allegation and, in turn, accused the BJP of trying to stoke communal tensions in the state. “This is an absolute baseless allegation. Our leader (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee is a symbol of peace. Rather, I would say the BJP is trying to flare up communal passions in the state. But they won’t be successful,” TMC MP Idris Ali said.
The BJP, which put up a stellar performance in the Lok Sabha polls, began a two-day state committee meeting to chalk out its future course of action to increase the party’s base in the state. “We have decided to divide all the 19 districts in 10 segments with a BJP observer looking after each segment. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation area, which will go to polls next year, has been divided into five segments for better coordination,” Sinha said.