Kerala Kaumudi Online
Friday, 25 June 2021 3.27 AM IST

Bengal Violence


It is only natural that politicians become more vocal during elections. But this does not lead to large-scale violence. It often ends with threats of 'revenge after the election', fearing that the people will turn away if they resort to violence during the election.
But in Bengal, many incidents of violence erupted during the election itself, and it is unfortunate that the BJP and the Trinamool continue to indulge in violence even after the elections. Sixteen people have already been killed in clashes between the Trinamool and BJP, which has blamed police for turning a blind eye after Mamata Banerjee came to power for a third term.

Incidentally, Muraleedharan's car was attacked in Panchkudi on the outskirts of the city when the attackers smashed the rear window of his vehicle with sticks and stones and escaped unhurt. The scene of the demolition was spread on social media. Such heinous acts of violence are by no means an adornment for democracy. Activists resort to such violence when their verbal criticism crosses limits. The practice of suppressing the voice of the opposition has been going on in Bengal for years. During the Emergency when Siddhartha Shankar Rai was the Chief Minister, police were used to suppress CPM activists. The CPM, which has been in power for a quarter of a century, has followed the style of physically silencing its opponents in Bengal. The CPM workers are now living there in fear of the Trinamool Congress, and this proves true the saying that ‘we get what we give’.
The BJP has become the main opposition party in Bengal, proving wrong the presumption of political observers that the BJP is unlikely to take root in Bengal due to the uniqueness of the soil. Conflict between Trinamool and BJP activists has spread to various parts of the state following the announcement of election results.

BJP sources allege that Muraleedharan's vehicle was attacked by Trinamool activists in the presence of police and that Mamata Banerjee had allowed law and order in Bengal to go for a toss.

Many anti-national forces are likely to try to exploit the post-election violence in Bengal. Therefore, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has an urgent responsibility to restore peace. That is what the people of the country expect from her.

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