Updated: April 13, 2021 4:36:43 am
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the BJP of communalising the deaths of five voters in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district and said the Election Commission (EC) should ban two of the Opposition party’s leaders for calling for more such killings.
Four voters in Sitalkuchi block’s Jorpatki village were shot dead by CISF personnel during the fourth phase of polling, while an 18-year-old voter from the Rajbongshi community was gunned down outside another polling station. On Sunday, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said incidents similar to the one in Jorpatki would reoccur if “dushtu chhelera [bad boys]” do not behave themselves. At another public meeting, his party colleague Rahul Sinha said, “Not four [but] eight people should have been shot dead in Sitalkuchi.”
On Monday, Banerjee, at a rally in Ranaghat in Nadia district, said, “Some political leaders are threatening more Sitalkuchi-like incidents, while others are saying that the death toll should have been higher. I am shocked and stunned. What are these leaders up to? How can one give such a reaction? They should be banned.”
The TMC chief urged people not to vote for a party that encourages “firing on voters standing in a queue”.
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Banerjee also alleged that Home Minister Amit Shah had hatched the conspiracy that led to the Sitalkuchi killings with the full knowledge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“You cannot succeed in your nefarious game to divide the people of West Bengal. This is not Uttar Pradesh or Gujarat. After returning to power, I will order a probe to unravel the sequence of events, who were involved, how it all started, whether any rumour was at play…”
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