Updated: April 1, 2021 4:07:07 am
BJP national president JP Nadda on Wednesday claimed that the high poll percentage in the first phase proved that his party was on its way to forming the next government in West Bengal. He also thanked the Election Commission (EC) for organising a peaceful election.
Addressing a public meeting in Hooghly district’s Dhaniakhali, Nadda said, “The high percentage of voting in the first phase is a clear indication that people are looking for a change. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned as the elections were peaceful and her party’s goons could not have a field day.”
The first phase of the eight-phase election on March 27 recorded 84.63 per cent voting. However, area around Jangalmahal, which voted in the first phase, is known for large voter turnout.
Nadda slammed the Mamata Banerjee government over rising incidents of violence against women. Taking a dig at the Trinamool Congress’ slogan of “Maa, Mati, Manush [mother, land and people]” and bringing up the recent death of an elderly woman from Nimta in North 24 Parganas district, Nadda said, “Cases of human trafficking, acid attacks, domestic violence and unsolved rape are the highest in the state. This shows the condition of mothers and daughters in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee does not have respect for them. The death of [Sova] Majumdar, who was injured when her son was being beaten up, reflects this situation,” he said. The BJP has claimed that the 82-year-old woman, a party worker’s mother, succumbed to injuries that she suffered in an attack by TMC supporters in February.
Nadda criticised the Mamata Banerjee government for imposing a curfew during the Ram Temple foundation laying ceremony last August. Later, the BJP chief held a roadshow in Hooghly and Howrah.
Ex-TMC MLA joins BJP
Former TMC MLA Dinesh Bajaj joined the BJP on Wednesday, a day before the second phase of voting in the state. He was inducted into the party in the presence of BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. The former MLA said he decided to join the BJP after being denied a ticket to contest in Assembly polls.