TMC accuses BJP of panchayat poll violence and funding shortfall


The Trinamool Congress has alleged that BJP supporters engaged in violence during the panchayat elections in West Bengal, rather than the ruling party’s cadre as claimed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to his party’s workers.
Claiming that the PM’s accusations against the TMC Government were untrue, West Bengal Minister Sashi Panja also accused the BJP Government at the Centre of depriving the State of its financial dues under various schemes.
“Is it because the BJP could not win the panchayat polls that terror and intimidation are being alleged? It is the BJP which indulged in violence in Bengal,” Panja said, seeking to counter the PM’s accusations against the Mamata Banerjee dispensation.
“The Prime Minister does not have time to visit Manipur, but does find time to address party workers in Bengal,” Panja said.
Reacting to the PM castigating the Opposition for walking out during the no-confidence motion, the TMC in a social media message, said, “It takes walking out of the Opposition from Parliament for you to speak on Manipur.”
The party claimed that the Opposition MPs waited patiently for 90 minutes during the PM’s speech before walking out of the Parliament.
She said that it was not true that atrocities were being perpetrated upon adivasis and Dalits in Bengal. “It is in the BJP-ruled states like Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh that Dalits and adivasis are victimised,” Panja asserted.
Claiming that the BJP is still unable to accept defeat in the 2021 Assembly elections and 2023 panchayat polls in Bengal, Panja said that the Prime Minister is trying to paint a different picture of the TMC’s victories by stating that there was violence.
Claiming that a CAG report has pointed to gaps in Ayushman Bharat and some other Central schemes, Panja said that the PM should throw some light on the issue.
The TMC tweeted that according to a NITI Aayog report, West Bengal has surpassed Gujarat in tackling multidimensional poverty and out-performed the BJP-ruled State in indicators of health, education and standard of living.