Malda violence: BJP-RSS trying to polarise voters, says Derek O’Brien

The party accused the state government of promoting vote bank politics.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2016 2:47 pm
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Trinamool Congress on Sunday accused the BJP and RSS of carrying out a campaign to spread canards and “polarise” the voters in West Bengal ahead of the assembly elections there.

“A few days ago there were posters saying — Mamata ‘Nero’, ‘Bengal Burning’ — put up in some parts of central Delhi. There were similar campaigns on the social media too.

“There are about a 100 days to go for the Bengal elections. The BJP and RSS are trying to spread canards to divert the attention from good governance done in five years,” TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien said here.

Also read | BJP to President: Malda incident threat to national security

He told PTI on phone that such a campaign was “being manufactured and carried out by BJP and RSS to polarise the voters.”

The campaign was being carried out especially after the Malda incident, O’Brien alleged.

On January 3, a mob had set a police station and several vehicles on fire in Kaliachak area of Malda district in protest against an alleged hate speech by a right-wing leader.

Also read | How did a ‘peaceful’ protest turn violent in Malda?

Stepping up the heat on the Mamata Banerjee government over the incident, a BJP delegation had on Saturday met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum urging him to seek a report from the Governor on the issue.

The party accused the state government of promoting vote bank politics by protecting those involved in Malda violence, alleging that it posed a threat to national security.

The TMC has, however, accused the BJP of spreading communal venom ahead of the state assembly polls this year.

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    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm
    Mr. O'Brien : Please show some results. Show us arrests of culprits in Malda and Birbhum imcidents ...
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    Anil Tandale
    Jan 18, 2016 at 2:04 am
    Who burnt Malda and another Railway Station? Why no arrests? What was provocation? Let TMC answer these inconvenient questions. BJP is duty bound to expose the incidents and demand response. Silence the BJP with positive action. In 1984 in Delhi, the perpetrators of genocide had polarized the voters and won 400 seats. The manifesto of TMC is also similar.
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    Nagar Iyer
    Jan 18, 2016 at 2:40 am
    It is foolish to conduct elections in WB now. Dismiss TMC and arrest Ma-mta under sedition. TMC is neck deep in corruption and has made WB a hot bed for Terrorists, Illegal Immigrants, drug trade and Cow Slaughter. The POLARIZATION of Muslims especially from Bangladesh is so much that it is impossible to defeat Mamta in Polls now. NDA Government should act like a SARDAR PATEL and dismiss the WB Government and impose President Rule. Polls can be conducted after detection and elimination of illegal voters.
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    Padmanabhan Jaikumar
    Jan 17, 2016 at 9:41 am
    Who is responsible in polarsing voters is visible all through not only in Bengal but all over India and neighboring countries as well the world since the news spread like a fire but after killing of a IAF soldier by a TMC leaders son ,from whom you have since distanced after media and public ,there is no doubt in any one mind that TMC is not only trying to polarise the voters but creating a terror state and Jungle Raj worst than that Bihar ,in lawlessness it had exceeded UP and rape cases had crossed capital city of Delhi .It appears Burdwan dist is capital of bomb factory and Malda capital of smuggling and fake currency.If this situation continues West Bengal will turn a second stan
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    Jan 17, 2016 at 8:35 am
    TMC polarized it before BJP tried how did they do that TMC kept quite on the muslim violence were is the action taken on muslims and the muslim who did the violence and damaging public property
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    Brahmos Mk
    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:46 am
    This is Goebbelsian tactics at its extreme! Mr. O'Brien may have been a good quiz master, as a politician he has metamorphosed to a third-rate hypocritical crook to Sickular Perfection - and for all practical purposes can be called a Criminal. Anyone who is following Kaliachak knowns what happened. A mob of more than one lakh Muslims was allowed to gather on a spurious religious issue, block a National Highway for hours, burn private and public vehicles, burn down a police station, attack BSF personnel and people of other religions. That was Stage 1. In Stage 2, the state government did not arrest a single person for all this (talk of some arrests is hogwash), and blocked any members of opposition parties from going anywhere near Kaliachak. Stage 3 - the ex-quiz master comes up and says (ostensibly to the Bengali Hindu Bhadraloks of Calcutta who live in their own world) that the BJP is creating communalism in WB because elections are near ......
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    Vinod Vinayak
    Jan 17, 2016 at 8:51 am
    No permission for Durga Puja at Kangla Pahari village in Birbhum. Cause: Islamic negation. Articulated communal tension! No permission for Durga Puja at Kangla Pahari village in Birbhum. Cause: Islamic negation. Articulated communal tension!
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    Vinod Vinayak
    Jan 17, 2016 at 8:59 am
    T h i s n e w s o f D u r g a P u j a B a n i n K a n g l a P a ha r i v i ll a g e f ir s t p u b l i s he d i n D a i ni k J u g a sa n k h a, K o l k a t a e d i ti o n on 1 s t S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 5. B u t , t h e s t a te B J P g o t i t s t i m e t o t a k e a c o g n i z an c e j u s t a b o u t tw o m o n th s a ft e r. H E N B i s a l s o t o r e g r e t f o r c o v e ri n g t hi s m a t t e r l a t e l y . B u t , i t w o u l d b e b e t t e r f o r B J P t o s e n d t h e i r a t e a m of p ur o h i t and ac t i v i s t t o r un t h e D u r g a P u j a i n t h a t H i n d u v il l a g e w i t h ou t c a r i n g a p o l i c e pe r m i s s i o n f or a D u r g a P u j a . W h y t h e H i n d u s ha v e to t a k e a p e r m i s s i o n o f P u j a f r o m t h e p o l i c e i f n o t u si n g e l e c tr i c i t y c on n e c t i on f ro m a p u b l i c e l ec t r i ci t y p ol e or us i n g a h u g e pu b l i c a d d r e s s s y s t e m. N o b o d y k n o w s t h e f at e o f t h i s po li t i c a l p e r s e v er an c e fo r t h e D u r g a P u j a a t K a n g l a Pa h a r i v i l l a g e. B u t, w i th t h i s n e w s t h e H i n d u E x i s t e n c e F o r u m i s a s s u ri n g a D u r g a P uj a i n K a n gl a P a h a r i v i l l a g e a t a n y c o s t in 2 0 16 a n d o n w ar d s .
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