The BJP, which has prepared a blueprint to emerge as the alternative political force in the Trinamool Congress -ruled West Bengal, seems to have received another shot in the arm with Mamata Banerjee’s reluctance on handing over the Burdwan explosion case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Pointing out that the incident has exposed the state government’s ties with jihadi elements and it would embarrass India internationally as they were allegedly targeting Bangladesh, BJP has decided to intensify its political fight against the state government.
“It’s a serious embarrassment,” said Siddharth Nath Singh, national secretary of the BJP. “We are in a federal structure and the Centre cannot impose its decisions. But we cannot compromise on the issues of national security. At a certain stage if the CM does not relent, the Constitution has to play its role,” Siddharth said.
Two suspected militants were killed and another injured in Burdwan town on October 2 after an explosion in a house in which they were living. Siddharth cited reports that improvised explosive devices, detonators, SIM cards, printed material mentioning al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and Jamaat-e-Islami were covered from the site.
The BJP leader said the CM needs to explain why there was a hesitation in handing the case over to the NIA; why a police officer, known to be close to the TMC, has been allowed to probe the case in which the party’s local leaders are under scanner; and why the leadership had backed Ahmed Hassan Imran, a founder member of banned outfit SIMI, to become the Rajya Sabha MP.
“The same officer, S M H Mirza, district’s SP, was transferred by the Election Commission before Lok Sabha polls because of his proximity with TMC. Now the same officer is probing a case in which the TMC leader is involved. Where is the credibility?”