BJP’s nat’l spokesper­son de­mands Prez rule in WB

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Kolkata. BJP na­tional spokesper­son Dr Bizay Sonkar Shas­tri de­manded Pres­i­dent’s rule in West Ben­gal ow­ing to the at­tacks on dal­its in the state.

“There have been sev­eral at­tacks on dalit mem­bers in West Ben­gal but the govern­ment is not do­ing any­thing to pun­ish of­fend­ers. There is a to­tal law and or­der fail­ure in the city. We de­mand Pres­i­dent’s Rule should be im­posed in West Ben­gal be­cause that is the only way the Jun­gle Raj can end here. Dal­its in West Ben­gal had been in­sulted, ig­nored and sup­pressed and there is no other al­ter­na­tive other than a Pres­i­dent’s rule to en­sure so­cial se­cu­rity and em­pow­er­ment for them. It will force the TMC to kneel to the power of democ­racy,” Shas­tri said on Fri­day while in­ter­act­ing with me­di­a­per­sons.

He said that given the num­ber of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in the state Chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee had no right to rule. “There had been no in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing of sev­eral dal­its in Ben­gal,” Shas­tri added.

Asked about the mur­ders of dal­its at other states fol­low­ing tri­fle rea­sons, Shas­tri ini­tially re­fused to an­swer but later said, “I will visit other states as well and if the con­di­tions of dal­its is found to be bad I will de­mand for the im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s rule there as well, even if it is a BJP-ruled state.”

He ad­mit­ted that there had been atroc­i­ties on dal­its in other states as well but main­tained that jus­tice at those places had pre­vailed.

“In Ut­tar Pradesh alone, fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent of dalit killing all the ac­cused have been ar­rested but in Ben­gal, even af­ter 12 per­sons have been named in the FIR af­ter killing of dal­its, no one have been ar­rested yet. We have all seen how vi­o­lence was un­leashed dur­ing the Pan­chayat polls in Ben­gal,” Shas­tri added.

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