Northeast Tripura

BJP goons are beating up oppositions in Tripura: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee

Days after Trinamool Congress leaders including its Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev were attacked in Agartala of Tripura, West Bengal Chief Minister and the party supremo, Mamata Banerjee lashed out at BJP, that is in power in the northeast state.

A team of TMC and its poll strategist I-Pac, led by Dev, who is also the in charge of the party for Tripura were last Friday beaten up by un-masked miscreants in the outskirts of Agartala while they were campaigning ahead of Municipality elections that were pending in the state.

Banerjee said that BJP goons are beating up political opponents if they dare to take out rallies in Tripura, and claimed that even a woman MP was not spared.

Denying the BJP’s claims of violence on its workers in West Bengal, the Trinamool supremo said, “There is peace in West Bengal and it is not the peace of the graveyard.”

After BJP was defeated in West Bengal Assembly elections the results of which were declared in May, and TMC held its ground for the third term in its home turf, several senior BJP leaders shared videos, some doctored, alleging their workers are being beaten up there by TMC goons.

“In contrast look at the happenings in your state (Tripura). Whoever dares to take out rallies opposing the BJP is hit with sticks. They don’t even allow the injured Trinamool workers to be treated at a hospital. A young party worker was thrashed and he had to be rushed to the SSKM Hospital (in Kolkata),” Banerjee said at a rally in Siliguri.

Banerjee further said that opposition parties face no problem in carrying out political programmes in West Bengal but the BJP does not follow this principle.

“The daughter of (late Congress leader) Santosh Mohan Dev was attacked in Tripura as she went to attend a party programme. A woman MP was attacked,” she said.

Dev, in an FIR lodged at Amtali police station in Agartala, alleged that she was manhandled and her car was damaged allegedly by BJP workers at Amtali area.

Daughter of former Congress Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev, after serving a two decade long stint in Congress, left the party post Assam Assembly elections expressing discontentment on its functioning and had joined TMC last August.

Emboldened by its victory in hime turf where BJP had massively campaigned, the Trinamool now seeks to dislodge the saffron party from power in the North-eastern state that will hold it’s Assembly elections on 2023.

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