PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee govt over panchayat polls violence
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal after at least 15 people were killed in violence that erupted on Monday.
The violence was erupted when polling for West Bengal panchayat polls took place. PM Modi called the incidents ‘murder of democracy’.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress termed the PM’s statement as “outbursts of frustration”.
PM Modi said, “People weren’t allowed to file nominations. People from all parties except one ruling the state have suffered. Workers of these parties were killed. This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal had to see such things. It is unfortunate.” He further asked, “Where is the spirit of democracy?”
PM Modi further said, “It is not just about winning elections. All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit.” He added, “I don’t want to blame anyone. I am only worried about democracy.”
On the other hand, the Trinamool Congress dismissed the charges saying that the Prime Minister had made the comments as the party was dismayed after the Karnataka Elections, which threw a fractured mandate yesterday.
“He should know that BJP goons killed 10 Trinamool workers in the panchayat polls. No BJP worker was killed. On Wednesday, repolling in 568 booths (will take place). So, why is this fake news being spread? Very unfortunate,” a statement on TMC’s official website said, quoting Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee.