New Delhi: BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal, who contested for Bhabanipur assembly by-poll, wrote to the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta HC, requesting him “to take preventive measures from any kind of violence post-Bhabanipur Assembly constituency bypoll results”.
“I, Priyanka Tibrewal, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency is writing to you, requesting you to give a strict order to the Kolkata police forces to take all kinds of precautionary measures so that we do not witness any kind of violence post the by-election results on October 3,” the letter read.
Referring to incidents of violence that took place in West Bengal following the declaration of result of state assembly polls in May, Priyanka Tibrewal said: “We have clearly witnessed an unprecedented massacre that took place all over Bengal post May 2 which has left the entire nation in shock and has given India– Land of Ahimsa a bad image in the eyes of the world and we are still suffering the aftermath of the heinous crime committed by the miscreants of TMC.”
“Taking the ghastly scenario into reference, I, as a candidate for this by-election, humbly request you give a strict order to all the government enforcement departments to take extreme precautionary measures so that no innocent life is lost, no sexual crime is committed, no public is left homeless, no incident of arson is recorded and we live in a peaceful environment come what may be the outcome on October 3,” she added.
The counting of votes has begun for the crucial Bhabanipur seat that will determine the fate of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee, who contested the West Bengal Assembly polls from Nandigram against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari and lost, has to win this seat to remain CM.
This led to a bitter clash between the ruling Trinamool Congress and Opposition BJP, who is already embroiled in post-poll violence case where CBI had filed over 40 cases to date in Calcutta High Court.
BJP’s Adhikari on Friday took a jibe at Mamata Banerjee administration and alleged that that state police were busy with Bhabanipur bypolls in Kolkata rather than timely deploying the relief teams in three districts of the state following unprecedented rainfall.
On the day of polling, September 30, a clash broke out between workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bhabanipur district.
The police reached the spot to take control of the situation. Earlier, BJP candidate for Bhabanipur by-poll, Priyanka Tibrewal at polling booth of ward number 72 alleged booth capturing in the area.
Previously, BJP national vice president Ghosh was allegedly manhandled while party MP Arjun Singh faced ‘go back’ slogans by ruling TMC workers while campaigning for party candidate Priyanka Tibrewal, who is pitted against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur assembly constituency in the city, on the last day of campaigning on Monday.
The TMC, in turn, alleged that Ghosh’s bodyguard had brandished firearms to scare away the crowd.
(With inputs from PTI)