Bengal post-poll violence: Mamata holds meeting with officials, Nadda reaches Kolkata; PM Modi speaks to Governor – The Indian Express

As different political parties accuse each other of indulging in post-poll violence in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday held a meeting with the top administrative and police officers of the state and took stock of the situation, PTI reported. The CM’s meeting comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed Governor Jagdeep Dhankar earlier in the day and expressed “serious anguish and concern” over the “worrisome” law and order situation in the state.

Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, Home Secretary H K Dwidevi, Director General of Police P Nirajnayan and Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra, were present in the meeting with CM Mamata.

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The result of the West Bengal Assembly election was declared on May 2, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC won its third successive term by winning 213 seats. However, hours after the results were declared, political violence erupted across the state Monday, with at least eight people reportedly killed.

The BJP has claimed that six of its workers were among those killed, accusing the TMC of attacking and vandalising several of its offices, including one in Nandigram where the party’s candidate Suvendu Adhikari defeated Mamata. Adhikari’s car was also attacked in Nandigram, the party claimed.

The newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF), which had aligned with the Congress-Left alliance, also claimed that one of its workers was killed in North 24 Parganas.

The TMC has rejected the allegation and claimed that one of its workers was killed in Burdwan.

Meanwhile, Governor Jagdeep Dhankar said PM Modi called him and expressed concern over the “law and order situation” in the state. Taking to Twitter, Dhankar said, “PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law & order situation @MamataOfficial I share grave concerns @PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson. loot and killings continue unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order.”

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also asked the state government for a report on the “post-election violence targeting opposition political workers in the state”.

Meanwhile, the BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on May 5 against the alleged attacks. The proposed agitation is planned on the same day as Mamata Banerjee is expected to take oath again as the state’s chief minister. Until Mamata’s swearing-in takes place, the governor is in charge of the government’s administration in West Bengal.

BJP spokesperson and senior advocate Gaurav Bhatia also filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a CBI probe into “rampant post-poll violence” in West Bengal.

BJP national president J P Nadda arrived in Kolkata Tuesday and is expected to meet party workers allegedly affected by the post-poll violence.

“The incidents which we saw after the results of West Bengal polls shock us and make us worried. I had heard of such incidents during India’s partition. We had never seen such intolerance after the results of a poll, in independent India,” ANI quoted Nadda as saying.

The BJP chief also said he will visit the houses of those party workers who “lost their lives” in South 24 Parganas.

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