Ghosh trashed claims by chief minister Mamata Banerjee that there was no post-violence violence, saying 30 BJP workers had been killed since she took charge as CM on May 5 for the third time. “There have been 11,782 incidents of violence in the state after assembly poll results came out on May 2. Around 80,000 people had to leave their home and hearth and take shelter in other states,” he said.
The Bengal BJP president presented a report on the attacks on women after assembly polls. “I wonder how a woman CM could brush aside the 123 cases of violence against women. As many as 39 women were gang-raped, of which only three victims could lodge formal complaints. When the National Commission for Women chairperson urged others to lodge complaints, they shied away, saying their family members would lose their lives if they did so,” Ghosh said, citing findings of the NHRC panel report to the Calcutta High Court.
While describing post-poll violence, he alleged: “Heavy earth movers were used to raze to the ground shops and houses belonging to the opposition. Police didn’t take any action.”
Bengal leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari likened the violence to the Great Calcutta Killings of 1946. “The violence this time was quite different from past incidents. Members from a particular community, the believers of Sanatan culture and values, were targeted. The attack was led by another community, reminiscent of the Great Calcutta Killings, Noakhali riots, the riot against Sikhs. The NHRC report is only the tip of the iceberg,” he said.
BJP MPs from Bengal, led by Ghosh, staged a dharna near Rajghat in Delhi. Former Union minister Debasree Chaudhury, BJP MPs Jayanta Roy and Arjun Singh narrated their experiences.
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta took to his Twitter handle to post about the coincidence of ‘Khela Hobe Divas’ with the Direct Action Day of Muslim League. “Interesting @MamataOfficial has declared August 16 as “khela hobe divas”. It is the day the Muslim League launched its Direct Action Day & began the Great Calcutta Killings in 1946. In today’s West Bengal, “Khela Hobe” has come to symbolise a wave of terror attacks on opponents,” he tweeted.