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Mamata Banerjee running a government of gangsters?

Mamata Banerjee (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

West Bengal has stood out as a sore thumb in this election season with increasing levels of violence as each phase went to the polls. And violence seemed to have touched a new high on May 14 when BJP president Amit Shah conducted a road show in Kolkata.

Earlier Shah and other BJP leaders denied permission for holding rally. Then, posters and banners of BJP leaders were seen being pulled down and packed off in municipality trucks ahead of the road show.

Alleged TMC supporters pelted stones on the convoy of Shah from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash with BJP supporters. Pitched battles erupted on the streets of Kolkata, and the BJP president was forced to cut short the road show. He was escorted to safety by police (central forces, Shah said).

Responding to the turn of events, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wondered “Has Bengal acquired a Government of Gangsters?” For outsiders these words seem an accurate description.

When the Election Commission announced (EC) 7-phase polling in the state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had questioned the wisdom of EC. Now reports of intimidation, murder, grenade attacks, booth capturing, and so on, reportedly by the cadres of the ruling party, Trinamool Congress (TMC) in every single phase must have justified the decision.

Still, the EC may find difficulty claiming to have conducted a “free and fair” election in the state where intimidation of voters, violent attack on vehicles of non-TMC candidates and leaders, etc., have become a norm. At least 18 BJP workers and 1 TMC have been reportedly killed so far in poll-related violence in the state. It is said 11 BJP workers have been arrested but none from TMC is booked.

According to reports, there were 55 violent incidents during 6th phase alone. However, only 9 FIR have been filed.

Mamata Banerjee, who claims to be striving to “save democracy” from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, is emerging incredibly dangerous to democracy. She openly claims she doesn’t accept an elected prime minister as “her” prime minister. Instead she calls Narendra Modi a goon. She wants to send him a mud rasgullas with stones inside so that they can break his teeth.

The chief minister calls central forces deployed in her state as RSS and BJP men, who have come to her state wearing uniform. (And she has written to the EC to withdraw the forces).

Her government arrests a young woman for sharing a meme on her and then fails to follow Supreme Court order. While Mamata Banerjee seems to be increasingly appearing as law unto herself, can she claim to be a saviour of democracy?


Mamata Banerjee meme: SC grants unconditional bail to Priyanka Sharma

Morphed image of Mamata Banerjee and Priyanka Sharma (Credit: Twitter)

West Bengal BJP Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Priyanka Sharma has been granted unconditional bail by the Supreme Court. Sharma was arrested and sent to a judicial custody on May 10 for sharing a morphed image of state chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook. The court on May 14 ordered her immediate release, modifying its earlier order of conditioned bail.

A division bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices Sanjeev Khanna and Indira Banerjee had earlier given bail subject to a written apology from Priyanka Sharma to the chief minister. Sharma’s lawyer Neeraj Kishen Kaul had contended that asking for an apology would be an infringement on the right to freedom of expression. Later the lawyer was called back and informed that the condition was waived off, according to an ANI report. However Sharma is required to tender apology after her release.

Priyanka’s arrest had sparked an intense debate over the fate of freedom of expression in West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee’s rule. Sharma was charged under IPC Sections 500 (for defamation), 66A (for offensive message) and 67A (non-bailable for publishing and transmitting sexually explicit material).

Priyanka, who is Howrah district convener of BJYM,  had shared a photoshopped picture of Mamata Banerjee on May 9. The picture showed the chief minister’s grim face superimposed over the face of Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra in a costume the latter wore for the MET Gala 2019 event in New York (in the image below).

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra in MET Gala event (Image credit: Twitter)

Sharma was taken into custody based on a complaint with the Cyber Crime Branch of Howrah district police by a Trinamool Congress leader, alleging the morphed picture was a serious crime, insulting the chief minister. However, the arrest was widely condemned on social media while several BJP supporters used the morphed picture as their profile image in protest.

In the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and the BJP have emerged as bitter rivals while other two main parties the Congress and the CPM have been pushed to periphery.