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Central team arrives in West Bengal to take stock of post-poll violence

BJP national president J.P. Nadda addresses party workers regarding the incidents of post-poll violence in the West Bengal, in Kolkata on May 5, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

A four-member team of the Home Ministry arrived in West Bengal on Thursday to take stock of post-election violence.

The members of the team held a meeting with senior officials of State government at the State Secretariat ‘Nabanna Buildings’. They are likely to visit violence-affected areas.

The development comes a day after Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the State for the third consecutive term. Soon after being sworn in, Ms. Banerjee urged all political parties to refrain from violence.

‘Send vaccines’

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership said that instead of sending teams, the Union government should send vaccines.

“The Centre should not send teams but instead send vaccines,” senior party leader Firhad Hakim said.

Also read: Centre seeks report from West Bengal on post-poll violence

Mr. Hakim said a few people had died in the violence but there were hundreds who were dying daily due to shortage of vaccines in West Bengal.

“The Centre should stop such politics,” he added.

Almost four days after the results of the West Bengal Assembly poll that gave a major victory to the TMC, violence has rocked the State.

On Thursday, there were reports of TMC leader Udayan Guha being attacked at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district.

The BJP has claimed that over a dozen of its party workers have been killed in the post-election violence. There are reports of four TMC workers also being killed.


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