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Kolkata: Accusing West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress of orchestrating attacks on its political rivals, the BJP has sought the intervention of Governor KN Tripathi in arresting the “extreme lawlessness” in the state.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation led by state vice president Badshah Alam on Tuesday submitted a memorandum on a series of attacks on its party activists and leaders allegedly by Trinamool “goons”.

We apprised the governor about the extreme lawlessness in the state and the Trinamool’s repeated attacks on us in its bid to destroy the democratic fabric in the state, Alam said.

He also drew Governor’s attention on the matter of brutal attack held on BJP team in Cooch Behar on last Saturday.

We also apprised him about the December 6 brutal attack on the BJP team in Cooch Behar district, in which several leaders including state vice president Malati Rava Roy were critically injured.

Claiming that even the governor expressed concern over the growing political violence, the party leaders said he assured them of taking suitable measures in the matter.

Alam also said a central BJP delegation comprising MPs will visit Pundibari in Cooch Behar where over 80 houses of party supporters were destroyed allegedly by Trinamool goons.

With assembly elections looming next year in Bengal, BJP would like to bring the government under pressure. CM Mamta Banerjee is a staunch critic of PM Narendra Modi. She met the PM, but she said it was regarding the demands of the funds.

BJP had relatively good results in Loksabha elections in Bengal but since then they have tasted bad results in other states which the next year’s elections more interesting.(IANS)

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With Beef thrown into a Temple, Bengal Government worries as Minor Communal clashes cover the State

Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the state government

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Kolkata, Jan 31, 2017: A locality on the western edge of Kolkata’s Metiabruz area, Alampur remains to be in a very heated atmosphere ever since on January 23, some chunks of alleged beef were thrown into a temple. However, this Alampur incident is not a one of its kind and there have been similar cases as well. Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the state government.

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“I will not allow anarchy in Bengal,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday. “Police is dealing with such things with a strong hand. We will soon bring a strong legislation against arson, where anyone setting fire to government or private party will be have to pay. One political party is trying to fan violence,” she said. However, Banerjee did not mention BJP in her statements.

But, other political parties gave some strong statements in context of the minor communal clashes in Bengal. “Attacks on Hindus are going on in different parts of the state. Metiabruz is the latest in the series and the administration has failed to control them,” said Sayantan Basu, state BJP secretary.

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The Congress and the Left have also claimed that the situation was “getting dangerous” in Bengal. “Trinamool Congress brought in communal politics in Bengal by appeasing communities for political gains. Now things are going out of control,” said Abdul Mannan, Congress MLA and leader of the opposition in the Assembly.

Minor communal clashes have become a regularity in West Bengal as almost ten cases similar to the Alampur case have been reported. Since October, pockets and villages in Kaliachak, Chanchol (Malda district), Jalangi (Murshidabad), Chandannagar (Hooghly), Bhagabanpur (East Midnapore), Kharagpore (West Midnapore), Hajinagar, Kanchrapara (North 24 Parganas), Sankrail, Dhulagarh (Howrah), Katwa, Jamuria and Kaksha (Burdwan) have witnessed clashes.

On December 12 and 13, clashes in Dhulagarh (26 km from Kolkata) began after Muslims took out a religious procession through the main market road in Banerjeepara neighbourhood. Hindus objected, but the procession was allowed by the police.

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Houses and shops were set ablaze which left hundreds from both communities homeless after the clash. Police arrested 65 people but the clashes continued for the next few days.

The Dhulagarh incident, unlike others before it, got political attention with BJP, Congress and CPI(M) dispatching leaders to the spot. General secretary Sitaram Yechury was a part of the CPI(M) team. In other areas political parties were prevented by police to enter after the clash.

“One hand the government is giving stipends to Imams, but creates pressure and stops a seminar on Kashmir and Balochistan in Kolkata citing that it will create communal problem. Miscreants and radicals are taking advantage of this situation,” said Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, political science expert and former principal of Presidency college.

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