By Arun Srivastava
Aggression against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is the only design to salvage the image and prestige of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah after the BJP met with its waterloo in the Bengal assembly election. Though both the leaders were caught in their nasty domestic fight with the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on who to dictate future politics in the state, they continued with their scheming to trap Mamata in Chakravyuha.
At the directive of Modi and Shah, while the Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has launched a concerted diatribe against Mamata with the threat that the existing scenario was the best case for imposition of President’s rule, the leaders have also filed two petitions; one in the Supreme Court and other in Calcutta High Court. Both the petitions allege large scale post poll violence, torture on the people and large scale exodus from the state. Though large scale ground level workers, even the original BJP workers, are leaving the party against the sectarian and anti-Bengali stance of Modi and Shah, these two leaders are least concerned of systematic disintegration and tearing apart of the party and are busy raking up the issue of post poll violence.
As if these measures are not enough to destabilise Mamata and her government the Human Rights Commission has been assigned to investigate the cases of rights violation. An impression of Bengal turning into a war ravaged state is being created. It is alleged that more than one lakh people, incidentally all BJP cadres and workers, have been displaced due to the post poll violence in the state. Obviously responding to these allegations the vacation bench of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai have directed that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Commission of Women (NCW) be made parties in the matter.
Simultaneously, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre and Bengal government to respond to a plea seeking directions to prevent the alleged exodus due to “state-sponsored” violence after the Assembly polls, constituting an SIT to probe the issue and take action against culprits. One development is quite significant that the BJP cadres who have lodged complaints have expressed their no-trust in the state police. What does it imply? It is the part of their grand design, to discredit the state police and bring in police from other states and places, preferably Delhi police, known for its proximity to BJP and entrust the case to them. The BJP leaders even allege that the police has been, discouraging and threatening victims from filing FIRs.
Naturally their reports would indict the state and eventually would be used by the Modi– Shah combine to give a shape to their design to dismiss the Mamata government. The fact of the matter is in most of the places where post poll violence took place, the BJP workers have been found to be aggressive and were the first to resort to firearms. In some places the senior police officers, including the SP, were found to have instigated the BJP workers to resort to offensive.
It is worth noting that petitioners have not only sought intervention of the judiciary for ensuing justice is done, they have also approached the Modi government to discharge its duty vested under Article 355 of the Constitution to protect the state from internal disturbance and to ensure that the government in the state is carried on, in accordance with provisions of this Constitution. Since they have approached the court they should wait for the judicial directives. But the Modi-Shah are so desperate that they cannot wait for the court verdict.
The BJP cadres present a very grim picture of the ground level situation prevailing in the state. The issue of exodus of lakhs of people from the state cannot be taken lightly. Significantly the international human rights organisations or even Red Cross have not uttered a single word condemning this massive exodus. It is beyond comprehension that how could International Human Rights organisations which have been quite active and have in fact criticised Modi personally for his inability to protect the human rights of the common people, remain a mute spectator to what has been happening in post poll Bengal? Why did the exodus evade the watchful eyes of the Red Cross Society?
While the BJP petitioners have been critical of the post poll violence, it is strange they are maintaining passive silence on the threat of their leader Suvendu Adhikari to the migrant workers. Reacting to the allegation that Trinamool’s unit in Mahishda had issued a social boycott fiat against BJP workers for their aggressive postures against the local people, Adhikari had warned; “Forty lakh people from Bengal work outside (the state) in BJP ruled states. If they (Trinamool) think that they can boycott BJP workers in Keshpur from having tea… even we can stop them from working in Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Surat”. Does not it fall within the ambit of the violence? This threat must undergo legal scrutiny.
Fabrication of case against the TMC and striving to prepare the ground for action against Mamata are nothing but manifestation of alienation of the BJP from the people of Bengal. May be Modi-Shah would succeed in their mission to destabilise the Mamata government but this would put the state on boil. Both the leaders are instigating the people to react and retaliate. In fact the original BJP leaders are opposed to this move and some of them have even lodged a protest with the RSS leadership.
For further tightening the noose around Mamata, both the leaders have been humiliating and victimising the most talented former chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay. His only fault was he followed the rule book and skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on Cyclone Yaas as he was on official duty with chief minister. In retaliation he was transferred to Delhi the very next day.
It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service, who cautioned some Members of the Constituent Assembly (Legislative) when they had sharply criticised civil servants of that period for so-called acts of commission and omission and told them in no uncertain terms that, “It is bad workmanship to quarrel with the instruments.” The top leaders of the Modi regime who leave no stone unturned when it comes to singing paeans for Sardar Patel should learn from his exemplary conduct with civil servants.
The Trinamool Congress on Tuesday hit out at the BJP-led central government accusing it of trying to disturb the functioning of the West Bengal government by initiating disciplinary proceedings against Alapan. “It is the prime minister who sits at the helm of the DoPT, and there’s no point in guessing that this is nothing but personal rage, which is desperately finding a venting point to roar,” senior TMC MP and party spokesperson Sougata Ray said.
After losing Bengal, the BJP is trying to create unnecessary tussle in the functioning of the state government. Besides resorting to legal and official instruments, Amit Shah has been blatantly using the Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to accomplish his mission. Dhankar has been behaving more like a BJP activist than governor. Recently he claimed that the country has never witnessed such post-poll violence since Independence. “Elections were held in four states and a union territory. But, violence is taking place only in Bengal,” he said. Dhankhar also took a dig at Banerjee by saying; “Confrontation with the Centre, the governor and all other constitutional bodies won’t serve any purpose. This approach has to be shunned.”
The aggressive attitude of Modi has even provoked the Left Front chairman Biman Bose to severely criticise central government and Jagdeep Dhankhar. The left also feels that Modi and his government were undermining the prestige of Bengal. He informed that the Left parties would meet and decide how to protest against the actions by the Centre and the governor. It is a welcome development in Bengal politics that the left is now focusing more on the anti-democratic moves of the centre in West Bengal against the newly elected Mamata Government. (IPA Service)