It is most shameful for a democracy when entire Hindus of a village in Raiganj, West Bengal, were not allowed to cast their vote in phase two of the polling held on 18th April. The Mamata Banerjee government has been openly flouting democratic values. The constitutional obligations have been undermined with impunity and the election commission and media outlets have been conspicuously silent.
- Salil Gewali
What has been happening in the West Bengal during the TMC rule is beyond what one really can imagine. The Mamata government has openly been flouting democratic values. The constitutional obligations have been undermined with impunity without a bit of mercy towards the persecuted citizens who are mostly original Bengali and others. The violence that killed about 18 people in the last Panchayat election 2018, has so traumatized the natives, now they live in constant fear. They do not know what holds tomorrow for them. But such serious political crimes committed by TMC or such other parties have very small longevity and they just wither away too soon.
It is most shameful for a democracy when about 600 Hindus in Raiganj, West Bengal, were not allowed to cast their vote in phase two of the Elections held on 18th April. Prominent media outlets quoted, “Entire village barred from voting in West Bengal’s Raiganj, claim residents”. Well, the voters who were openly intimidated by the TMC cadre not to vote were at the crossroad and distressed. Their votes were already cast by Didi’s beloved partymen. Those who were deprived of the voting right are Hindus. Having left with no option they only staged a silent protest anticipating the hard times in the near future. Even media persons were beaten up and their cameras smashed as reported by many media channels.
This is an unprecedented shocker. Why is there a conspicuous absence of the outrage and the scream of nation-wide condemnation now? If any they will just die down too soon. Just a few days back a 22-year-old BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in Senabana village, the crime allegedly committed by TMC hooligans. Such heinous killings of the particular community or party workers, other than TMC, are common occurrences now in WB under Mamata that they never raise the eyebrows of the intellectuals, and they never become a "Dadri". It quite seems that the Election Commission of India is behaving just like a toothless tiger.
Mamata's politics of appeasement has made Hindus second class citizens in WB
Didi has moved an extra mile in this election. She has invited a popular film star ‘Ferdous Ahmed' from Bangladesh. She wants her voters well sweetened up before they ensure her landslide victory. Oh God, who will ring the alarm bell now that her victory is only going to worsen the plight of the indigenous citizens? Is all armchair intellectualism a farce? Alas, when the lips of the judiciary and media are sealed with the glue of hypocrisy, the tragedy of humanity is sure to come about!
Truly speaking, Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears. She, in fact, cannot see the pains and sufferings of the indigenous people, nor can she listen to the grievances of the deprived and oppressed. Nevertheless, she is always extra compassionate towards a certain class of people. Thus, many have been cordially invited by her administration from across the border. Hardly any media has taken an earnest step forward to alert the citizens and the government machinery as they did for the “Citizen Amendment Bill”. Is this not hypocrisy?
Mamata’s unhindered invitation to the “infiltrators” has definitely made her still stronger, and finally more domineering and terribly brutal. That how many new citizenships have been awarded during her tenure is quite unaccountable. Those lucky guests are now blessed with additional facilities. Besides a lot of largesse, they are allowed to take up arms and ammunition for their protection too. They can even pose threats and fire the shots if anyone stand in their way, of course such cases are mostly under-reported. A number of terrors groups have a direct connection with the TMC MPs and MLAs. The police forces cannot touch those very special citizens. The sorrowful plight of the natives does not become a subject of discussion in the newsrooms either.