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Mamata to sit on 'Satyagraha' as Modi swears-in

Mamata to sit on Satyagraha as Modi swears-in

Kolkata: On the day when Narendra Modi would be sworn in as the Prime Minister for the second time in Delhi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take part in 'Satyagraha' in front of Naihati Municipality as a token of protest against the assault on her party workers allegedly by BJP-backed goons in North 24-Parganas.

Banerjee will participate in a sit in demonstration in Naihati at around 1 pm on Thursday and is also expected to visit the Trinamool Congress workers who were rendered homeless by BJP goons across the district.

It may be mentioned here that since the publication of the election results, many Trinamool Congress workers and their family members have allegedly been driven out of their homes by BJP activists in Naihati, Bhatpara, Jagaddal and some other parts of the district. The Trinamool Congress Supremo will also meet her party workers who have taken refuge in various places after being rendered homeless. Banerjee's move sends a strong signal of assurance to the family members of those who have been subjected to the atrocities. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on Wednesday that BJP-backed goons had carried out hooliganism at Naihati Municipality and forced the councillors to join the saffron party at gunpoint. "They stormed into the municipality building, locked the room of municipal chairman, snatched documents from the councillors and forced them to go to Delhi," he said.

"Family members of the TMC councillors were threatened. Political leaders and councillors cannot resist armed goons of BJP. They forcibly captured the municipality and bombs were hurled on the houses of TMC councillors. Many of our councillors have been rendered homeless since May 24. There should be a democratic process. The municipality chairman of our party will step aside if BJP can prove majority in the no-confidence move initiated by us," Hakim added.

Taking a dig at BJP, he said those who speak about democracy are resorting to violence. Incidentally, municipal chairman of Naihati Ashoke Chatterjee met Hakim on Wednesday and told reporters that the BJP goons have ransacked the dialysis and CT scan units at the municipality. The family members of a TMC activist from Jagaddal had met Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra at Nabanna on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kajol Mondal, a former Panchayat Pradhan of Saltora in Bankura, who received severe injuries after being beaten up allegedly by BJP workers, succumbed to his injuries at Durgapur Mission Hospital in Durgapur on Wednesday. The district police have so far arrested two BJP activists for their alleged role in the incident.

Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari said that he has informed the matter to party Supremo Banerjee and also demanded stern punishment for the perpetrators. Adhikari also said that BJP activists had taken out a rally in celebration of their victory in the elections, when some of them dragged Mondal out of his house and brutally attacked him with sharp weapons. He received multiple injuries on his body and was admitted to the hospital.

"We are with the bereaved family and will extend all sorts of assistance. We have no words to condemn such a heinous crime. Mondal had been associated with our party for over 20 years and played an important role at the local Panchayat. People of Bengal should introspect whom they have voted for," Adhikari maintained.

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