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CM cracks down on 'victory rallies', calls for strong police action against violators

CM cracks down on victory rallies, calls for strong police action against violators

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a ban on victory rallies in the state and has directed the police to take strong action against violators in this regard.

"Several days have passed after the announcement of the election results. I have asked police not to allow any more victory rallies. We have won more seats and we should be doing more victory rallies but they (BJP) are indulging in violence in the name of victory rallies," Banerjee said, during her visit to a slain Trinamool Congress leader's house at Nimta in North 24-Parganas on Thursday.

It may be recalled that Trinamool Congress has won 22 seats, while the saffron party has won 18 seats in Bengal. The Chief Minister has information that BJP has created disturbances in Hooghly, Bankura, Purulia and Midnapore districts in the name of victory marches, following the election results.

It may be mentioned that there have been clashes during victory rallies at Mohanpur in West Midnapore as well. Reports of clashes have also been received from Hooghly, Bankura and Purulia districts.

Banerjee announced that Trinamool Congress will be holding peace rallies and will also reach out to people of the state through similar programmes. "If any leader pressurises the administration for organising victory rallies, police will take action as per law," Banerjee warned.

Speaking to journalists at Nimta, she said not a single BJP supporter had been killed, but Trinamool supporters were being targeted at certain places. Several Trinamool supporters have been at the receiving end of violence after the results of the elections came. Last week, Banerjee visited Naihati where some Trinamool supporters had to flee their homes due to intimidation by BJP workers.

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