Union Minister Subhas Sarkar on Feb 20 said that Bengal people want presidential rule in the state amid the Sandeshkhali violence. Subhas Sarkar said, “People in West Bengal wants Presidential rule to be implemented in the state. NCW chief Rekha Sharma also suggested the same. He (Suvendu Adhikari) should have gone that’s why he went. No one is being allowed to go there. There is no democracy in the state.”
Bharatiya Janata Party national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked CM Mamata Banerjee over Sandeshkhali violence in a recently held press conference. While attacking Mamata Banerjee, Ravi Shankar Prasad said “to save her political reputation, a woman CM is risking the honour of women, and she will have to pay for it.” He further said, “Sandeskhali issue is serious...What is emerging about the blatant assault, humiliating treatment and sexual assault of women is a shame on our society and democracy. Mamata Banerjee is still defending it. Why?...One journalist was also arrested. What does Mamata Banerjee want to hide, and why? To save her political reputation, a woman CM is risking the honour of women. Why? Where has her conscience died?...Why are the parties silent? I heard that a woman leader of the CPI(M) visited the area but the CPI(M) has not opposed it (the incident), it has not made a public comment. Rahul Gandhi is silent.”
National Commission for Women's (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma met CV Ananda Bose in Kolkata on Feb 19 amid the Sandeshkhali violence issue. She demanded the arrest of TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan. Addressing at a Press Conference held after the meeting with Governor, Rekha Sharma said, “Today I visited Sandeshkhali and several women came forward and complained about molestation...Those who sit far away and comment that it is a political agenda should once visit here... A home has been built by the Governor for the women of Sandeshkhali. Those who feel that they are not safe in their homes can come here and live... The demand of the women of Sandeshkhali is safety and we will ensure that. I want to request the state police to work without getting afraid and by staying away from the political agenda. In the state, the police are not able to work. They can't do anything without a political agenda despite their willingness to work. Only two people have been arrested, we want the main culprit Shahjahan should be arrested.”“She (Mamata Banerjee) should resign from her post and should go there (Sandeshkhali) as a woman, then she will be able to see the pain of the people,” she added.
On the Sandeshkhali horror, veteran actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty expressed his anguish over the incident. Union Minister of State of Social Justice Pratima Bhoumik on February 18 attacked West Bengal Chief Minister saying that Mamata Banerjee has made thousands of ‘Sandeshkhali’ in West Bengal. Speaking to ANI, she said, “Sandeshkhali is just one but Mamata Banerjee has made thousands of 'Sandeshkhali' in West Bengal. Women of Sandeshkhali have courageously shown the exploitation they're facing. We also tried to go there but were allowed only till Rampur then stopped. West Bengal police are working as TMC cadres. The situation in Sandeshkahali isn't good. I want to assure them (women of Sandeshkhali) that we are with you and they don't need to fear. We’ll submit the report tomorrow.”
Amid the political storm in West Bengal that has erupted over the Sandeshkhali horror case, a major breakthrough has been achieved as the accused Shibu Hazra was arrested on Feb 17 from Basirhat. According to police, as many as 18 people have been arrested in the case so far. Notably, agitated villagers set fire to a poultry farm belonging to TMC leader Shivprasad Hazra. Residents claimed that Hazra took over their land against their will, leading to their agitation. Political storm broke out following the incident provoking to and fro allegations from state and national parties. The poor local women have narrated tales of horror of women being raped for years by leaders of Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress and their henchmen in TMC’s party office.
Sandeshkhali Row: Amid a political storm over the BJP's sexual harassment allegations in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali, A six-member delegation from the Bharatiya Janata Party will visit Sandeshkhali on February 16. The six-member delegation formed by BJP President JP Nadda will meet victims in Sandeshkhali. BJP leaders are further directed to visit the incident site, take stock of the situation, and submit a report to BJP Party President JP Nadda. Watch the full video for more!
Breaking her silence on the Sandeshkhali violence, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 15 made it clear that she has "never supported injustice" while linking "RSS to the incident", adding that she "needs to know the matter to address the issues that will be reported". Amid the severe allegations of sexual harassment of women in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the RSS of inciting trouble in North 24 Parganas district.
In the state of West Bengal, the Sandeshkhali village is simmering with violence and agitation and behind it lies a tale of horror. Women in Sandeshkhali gram panchayat have been agitating over alleged atrocities by TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh and his aides. The poor local women have narrated tales of horror of women being raped for years by leaders of Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress and their henchmen in TMC’s party office. Soon after the news broke out, the village and parts of West Bengal like Siliguri - saw a huge clash between the West Bengal police and BJP workers who started protesting against the accused TMC leader and questioned Mamata Banerjee’s leadership. Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Anju Bala recently visited the village and urged for President’s rule to take place in the state of West Bengal following the Sandeshkhali violence.
After violence broke out in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali, BJP formed a six-member committee of Union Ministers, MPs. Committee members will visit Sandeshkhali and collect information about the alleged sexual harassment, violence against women. Tension simmered in the Sandeshkhali area of North 24 Parganas district's Basirhat subdivision on Feb 13. BJP workers led by state party president Sukanta Majumdar protested against the alleged sexual harassment of women. Local women have been agitating over atrocities committed against them allegedly by TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh. Majumdar sustained injuries during the police lathicharge as a scuffle broke out between the police and party workers. On Feb 14, WB Governor, LOP Suvendu Adhikari reached Apollo Hospital to enquire about Sukanta Majumdar's health. The administration has imposed Sector 144 of CrPC in the area till February 19 to maintain law and order amid the ongoing tensions due to Sandeshkhali horror.
Amid the Sandeshkhali violence incident, West Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar held a protest march on February 14, in Basirhat, West Bengal. Following this, a clash took place between the BJP workers and the Police. The police tried to take Sukanta Majumdar back to the hotel. During the clash, Sukanta Majumdar got fainted. Sukanta Majumdar was admitted to Basirhat Multi Facility Hospital. Women protesters suffered deep wounds during the clash.
14 February,2024 06:34 PM IST
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