West Bengal Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday even as the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of “inciting unrest” and “conspiring” to bring down her government.
The Governor, whose visit to the Capital is taking place amid a heated exchange between the Centre and the State government, said he had apprised both the PM and the Home Minister of the situation in West Bengal. “I have apprised the PM and the Home Minister about the situation in West Bengal. I can’t disclose details,” he said after meeting Shah. Answering questions about imposing President’s rule in West Bengal, a possibility raised by some BJP leaders, Tripathi said, “There was no such discussion.”
On Sunday, in an advisory, the Home Ministry had expressed “deep concern” over continuing violence in West Bengal, saying the “unabated violence” even after the Lok Sabha polls appears to be a failure on part of the State government.
Responding to the Centre in a letter, the West Bengal government claimed the situation in the state was “under control” and there was no failure on part of its law enforcement agencies.
The BJP, meanwhile, observed a “black day” and a 12-hour shut-down in North 24 Parganas district’s Basirhat subdivision to protest against the killing of its workers and deteriorating law and order situation in the State. BJP and Trinamool Congress supporters had clashed in Sandeshkhali area of Basirhat on Saturday and the former has maintained that five of its workers died in the violence. The TMC has claimed that two people have been killed.
In a press conference, the Chief Minister accused the BJP of provoking riots in the State to bring down her government. “This is a plated game. This is their game plan to throttle my voice because they know that Mamata Banerjee is the only person in the country to raise her voice against them. This conspiracy to bring down our government will not succeed,” she said.
She said the BJP is trying exaggerate the import of incidents that their cadre is responsible for.
“Only two or three incidents have taken place which were carried out by the BJP. The BJP leaders claimed that five people have died but only two of their supporters have died. They are trying to spread unrest in Darjeeling and in the rest of the State,” she said.
“The BJP is planning to bring down the government and stop me from speaking against them. This will not happen. The Assembly polls will happen in 2021 and the BJP will not be successful. Remember, an injured tiger is more dangerous,” she said.
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