Malda incident will not help Mamata govt in elections: BJP

Malda communal violence

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) would not get any help by playing the communal card in the upcoming polls, further adding that Malda incident will only have a bad effect on the Mamata Banerjee government.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Minister of State for Minority Affairs showed their disappointment over not being allowed to conduct the proposed public meeting of Union road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari in Malda on January 18.

“The TMC Government in West Bengal feels that they would benefit from the Malda incident, but this won’t happen,” Naqvi said. “Malda ki malai unki Rajnitik dhulai Karegi (Malda incident will backfire on them). They want to win the elections on grounds of politics of communalism. The communal experiment that they undertook to win the last elections will not work this time as the age-old formula has now expired,” he added. The local police stopped three BJP MPs and Communists Party of India (CPI) leader Mohammad Salim from visiting the violence-hit areas of West Bengal Malda district.

Violence erupted at Kaliachawk when some Muslims organized a meeting protesting against remarks made by a Hindu leader about the Prophet.  The angry protestors burned many vehicles on the national highway and the BSF vehicles. They also attacked the Kaliachawk Police Station.

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal said that the incident was not related to communal violence and BJP cannot accuse her saying that she is trying to play vote-bank politics.(Inputs from agencies)