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Poll Violence : BJP's Two Shades, Plays Victim Card in WB While Highest Violence in its own Ruling Tripura

Amit Shah Condemns Clashes at His Kolkata Roadshow, Oppositions Accuse BJP of Post-Poll Violence in Tripura

New Delhi: While BJP president Amit Shah accused Trinamool Congress of instigating violence in West Bengal tarnishing the image of democracy, similar allegations were brought against his party in Tripura, which was in the grip of intense violence this election season, allegedly spearheaded by the saffron party workers.

The opposition parties today accused the ruling BJP of perpetrating post poll violence in different areas of West Tripura where fresh polls were held in 168 booths on May 12 along with six phase election to Lok Sabha.

 As per media reports, the CPI (M) and Congress alleged that the BJP workers had stirred violence in several villages in West Tripura on the night of re-poll on May 12 as the ruling party cadres had failed to resist the voters from exercising their franchise.

The BJP cadres had allegedly attacked the supporters of the CPI (M) and Congress in the villages of Belonia, Sonamura, Bishalgarh, Jirania and Mohanpur sub-divisions in West Tripura, the opposition parties said.

While CPI (M) alleged as many as 19 violent attacks on their workers, Congress listed as many as 24 incidents where their supporters and leaders were either physically assaulted or getting threats from the BJP cadres but police has not been taking any action against them.

The allegations against the BJP came on the day when Amit Shah, while addressing a press conference in New Delhi, said that West Bengal has witnessed violence in all the six phases of Lok Sabha polls.

"The BJP is contesting polls in all states. There has been no violence. But there has been violence in West Bengal as TMC is contesting elections there. it is simple," he said a day after violent clash between the BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

Despite Shah’s claim of no violence in the states where BJP is contesting except West Bengal, the north eastern state of Tripura where the saffron party won the assembly elections for the first had witnessed a spate of poll violence this election season.

Notably, the Election Commission had to defer polls in East Tripura, one of the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura due to law and order situation. The polls were held to this seat on April 23 instead of April 18 as announced earlier.

Similarly, intimidation and attacks occurred in various places in West Tripura where polls were held on April 11 in the first phase. The oppositions demanded re-poll in the entire constituency alleging large-scale rigging by the BJP workers.

The Election Commission, however, ordered re-poll in 168 out of the 1,679 polling stations of West Tripura seat. The re-polling was held on May 12.

“The BJP was desperately expecting support from ECI to rig the repoll like first phase election to West Tripura constituency held on April 11 last but due to the pressure from the opposition parties and common mass, they could not succeed. Now, they are attacking the opposition supporters for last three days,” senior CPI (M) leader and former minister Pabitra Kar was quoted as saying by the news agency UNI.

Meanwhile, the political scenario in West Bengal remains highly tensed ahead of the final phase of polling on May 19.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal.

Banerjee is scheduled to take out a protest rally on Wednesday to protest the smashing of the statue of iconic social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar by alleged BJP activists in north Kolkata on Tuesday.