Partha writes to Amit Shah over advisory to Bengal

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has taken a strong exception to the advisory issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and alleged that this is a deep rooted conspiracy and a gameplan to malign the state government and capture the Bengal administration, through undemocratic, unethical and unconstitutional means.

In a letter to the Union Home minister Amit Shah, secretary general of Trinamool Congress Partha Chatterjee alleged that the issuance of the advisory has been done without verifying the ground reality or taking any report from the state government and demanded its immediate withdrawal.

At Sandeshkhali in North 24-Parganas, one Trinamool supporter and two other persons died on June 8 due to pre-planned political violence of BJP. A report has been received, which states that a day prior to the incident, three BJP MPs had gone to the place and hatched a conspiracy to unleash terror in the area," Chatterjee said.

"When a booth committee meeting of Trinamool was being held at Hatgachi in Nyazat, armed BJP goons attacked those who had been taking part in the meeting and shot a person. BJP outsiders fired indiscriminately and hurled bombs that killed two more people," he added.

The state government has ordered an inquiry and sought a detailed report of the incident. Steps have been taken by the state government to restore peace and normalcy in the area.

Chatterjee further alleged that at several places in North 24-Parganas like Bhatpara, Naihati, Kankinara and Kanchrapara, more than 4,000 people have been driven out from their homes and their belongings destroyed by BJP supporters.

One person and a child were killed in Ashoknagar. One person was killed in Dinhata. Trinamool party offices are being captured and forcibly occupied. At Gangarampur in South Dinajpur, BJP supporters under the leadership of its state president, broke prohibitory orders and resorted to violence, injuring police officers.

Chatterjee alleged that BJP is taking the help of "harmads" belonging to a political party that had ruled Bengal for 34 years, to spread terror in different areas. He questioned whether a similar advisory has been issued in Uttar Pradesh, where 25 people of the Yadav community including children have been killed.

He maintained that in a democracy, the Centre and the states should work together but instead of taking the state government into confidence and verifying the ground situation, the unilateral issue of an advisory by the MHA is an insult to the people of Bengal and an assault on the glory, culture and heritage of the state.

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