BJP stages protest against Bengal violence

New Delhi, Jul 13
In acrimonious confrontation with Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the BJP leaders including Union Ministers and MPs today staged a protest march in the capital and launched a national “Save Bengal” campaign. Several senior party leaders including Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, New Delhi Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Lekhi and Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari participated in the march. Enthusiastic workers also raised slogans like ‘Vande Matarm’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ complained about violence in the Mamata Banerjee-ruled state. In a brief speech to the gathering, Ms Lekhi said the Mamata Banerjee government has been playing the politics of appeasement and repression. She said that “no action” was taken against those responsible for the deteriorating law and order problems. On the contrary, she said the West Bengal government has “detained only innocent and those who wanted the orders restored”. Speaking on similar vein, Union Minister Ms Irani said the members of majority community were only being targeted. Last week, a three-member BJP panel comprising lawmakers Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh and Om Mathur were detained by the West Bengal police.

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