New Delhi: The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has suffered maximum political violence at the hands of opposition parties in West Bengal. A seven-member delegation of the party MPs submitted a four-page memorandum to the President, Ram Nath Kovind, on Thursday afternoon here at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The families of five dead TMC workers from across the state were paraded in front of President Kovind, where the family members demanded justice.
On April 11, Saifar Rahaman was stabbed at Beliaghata Bridge Party Office in Bashirhat of North 24 Parganas district. Another party worker was murdered on April 22, in the same area.
A TMC member of Kethi of Coochbehar district Bablu Sarkar succumbed to injuries after he was attacked on April 20.
On April 23, Dilbar Khan was allegedly shot dead by BJP supporter Shyamsundar Gorain while he was on the way to file his nomination for the impending Panchayat elections. He was accompanied by his wife while going towards Sur-I BDO office in Birbhum district. Another TMC worker Ajit Debnath was shot at in Gopalnagar of North 24 Parganas. His wife Padma also got injured in the incident.
The TMC delegation members urged the President to take suitable action in the interest of peace and democracy. Making a scathing attack on the opposition parties, they also mentioned that, "Some issues have been brought to your kind notice very recently by the members of the ruling political party at the Centre. These issues are distorted and misleading in nature."
The memorandum further mentioned, "Panchayat election is a local election, where more than 58,000 booths throughout West Bengal will witness polls on May 14, 2018. At the time of filing of nomination papers, the BJP started spreading rumours and misleading the people, stating that the opposition parties are not allowed to file nominations. This rumour was spread through one particular 'sponsored' media group."
TMC has also claimed that the opposition parties had filed 96,000 nominations.
"Both the delegation members and family members of killed TMC workers sought the President's intervention on Thursday. We also
briefed him on the number of nominations filed by the opposition parties and on baseless reports regarding disruption during filing of nominations by the ruling TMC," the Lok Sabha leader of TMC, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, told media persons.
After President Kovind, TMC MPs also submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here at his office.
Apart from Bandyopadhyay, Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien, Lok Sabha MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Rajya Sabha MP Nadimul Haque, Lok Sabha MP Sunil Kumar Mandal and another LS member Pratima Mondal were part of the delegation.