New Delhi: The BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on May 5 against the widespread violence unleashed by the Trinamool Congress workers post the election results in West Bengal.
Announcing this the party said, this protest will be held following all Covid protocols across all organisational mandals of the BJP.
The party also announced that BJP national president J P Nadda will be visiting West Bengal on May 4 and 5 in view of the widespread post-results retributive violence unleashed on BJP workers
and supporters by "criminal elements" in the TMC cadre.
"He will be visiting families of the affected karyakartas," a missive from the ruling party in the country said.
Even Left and Shiv Sena leaders have expressed concern about the violence.
"TMC should at least respect people's mandate, which was given to you for working for the people of Bengal, not for unleashing violence on our people. Your party cadres are unleashing violence, attacking houses, party offices. This won't be tolerated at any cost," tweeted Aishe Ghosh, CPI leader and President of JNU Students Union President. Ghosh was CPI candidate from Jamuria assembly constituency.
The Union Home Ministry has called for a report. Things are turning serious and hence a report has been sought, sources said. Earlier on May 3, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had summoned the state DGP. "Have been constrained to urgently summon DGP of WB Police in the wake of alarming law and order in the state," the Governor tweeted.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram, said in a message with a video footage that women workers of the saffron party were also being attacked.
"Heart-rending scenes in Kendamari Village in my Constituency Nandigram earlier today (May 3). Miscreants from the Trinamool Congress mercilessly thrashed our Women Karyakartas".
He further said: "A shameful day for the Nation. This is a living example of how the Trinamool respects our Nari Shakti".
There has been a large scale anti-BJP workers violence post May 2 election results and so far several people have died too.
"Thanks didi for your silence. You can't digest your defeat so you want this sort of antacid. Shame on your government forming," wrote BJP MP from Coach Behar, Nisith Pramanik.
Even Shiv Sena deputy leader in Rajya Sabha, Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote urging Trinamool leader Derek-O-Brien to "ensure" enforcement of rule of law.
"After a fiercely fought campaign, reading on social media instances of violence in West Bengal. Request you @derekobrienmp to bring some clarity and also ensure strict rule of law prevails," she wrote.
BJP leader Baijayant Jay Panda wondered why the mainstream media was still silent over it. "Horrific POGROM underway in West Bengal. BJP workers and their establishments being systematically targeted for violece, arson and murder. Happy with this "idea of India" ? Visuals are all over social media, will mainstream media cover? Yet Modi is fascist and Didi the secular darling?," he tweeted.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo also condemned the violence.
He also criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her remarks the BJP was circulating old snaps and videos.
"There cannot be a bigger lie than this. But then that's the USP of TMC. Yesterday was yesterday. Tomorrow shall be tomorrow but we shall fight," he tweeted.
Actress Kangana Ranaut also took to Twitter and said: "BJP won Assam and Puducherry. No violence reported. TMC won West Bengal. Hundreds of murders and Bengal is burning. But Modi is fascist and Mamata is a secular leader. Enough is enough". She also used the hashtag 'PresidentRuleInBengal'.
There was anguish among netizens of what is going on in the state.
"No dharna sir our brothers are being killed here. The goons of mamata should be punished more than that. We need president rule in bengal." wrote one Tanushree Sarkar on the microblogging site.