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Smriti Irani’s query to Rahul Gandhi over violence in Bengal panchayats was “Maut ka yeh khela”

<p>As her party joined the Opposition unity ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday criticised the Trinamool Congress for the deadly violence that occurred during the West Bengal panchayat election held on Saturday. She also questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi about whether he found such incidents tolerable.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-65617″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-smriti-iranis-query-to-rahul-gandhi-over-violence-in-bengal-panchayats-was-maut-ka-yeh-khela-download-2023-07-09t181129.525.jpg” alt=”” width=”1020″ height=”573″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-smriti-iranis-query-to-rahul-gandhi-over-violence-in-bengal-panchayats-was-maut-ka-yeh-khela-download-2023-07-09t181129.525.jpg 299w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-smriti-iranis-query-to-rahul-gandhi-over-violence-in-bengal-panchayats-was-maut-ka-yeh-khela-download-2023-07-09t181129.525-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1020px) 100vw, 1020px” /></p>
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<p>At least 18 people were reported dead, and there were several instances of violence and arson during the three-tiered panchayat elections in rural areas of West Bengal. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has emerged as the state’s second-largest political party, and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which is now in power, engaged in a bitter electoral battle. The elections on Saturday are also a prelude to the future Lok Sabha elections in 2024.</p>
<p>People are being slain for exercising their democratic rights at the West Bengal panchayat elections, which are being seen by the public. The Trinamool Congress and the Congress are collaborating. Is the Gandhi family’s alliance with those wreaking chaos in West Bengal acceptable? Rahul Gandhi, do you embrace this death game (maut ka khela)? In Bhopal, Irani told reporters.</p>
<p>Gandhi has not yet spoken to the violence in Bengal, but Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, the state congressman, said that Mamata Banerjee’s hands were “full of blood.”</p>
<p>Mamata, you have blood on your hands, Adhir Ranjan says.<br />
“The state’s situation, and Murshidabad in particular, is exceedingly tense and unfriendly…What type of democracy does CM Mamata Banerjee desire, I ask? After visiting the hospital in Murshidabad on Saturday to see the relative of a 62-year-old man murdered in a bombing event after the panchayat elections, Chowdhary said, “Your hands are full of blood.”</p>
<p>On the day of the panchayat election, thieves reportedly attempted to rob the voting location when the bombing event happened.</p>
<p>TMC responds to opposition<br />
The Banerjee-led TMC criticised the opposition parties in the state, particularly the Congress, for calling for the deployment of central troops in West Bengal during the unrest and questioned their whereabouts throughout the unrest that lost multiple lives.</p>
<p>In a jab, the TMC claimed that “close supervision of Central Forces” was being used to keep an eye on the rising death toll brought on by events relating to the elections.</p>
<p>Suvendu Adhikari requests the Center’s assistance<br />
Suvendu Adhikari, a BJP MLA who attacked the TMC, said that the state was on fire and that the federal government should interfere using Articles 355 or 356 (President’s Rule). He said that in the presence of police, hooligans from the state’s governing party had taken control of more than 20,000 booths.</p>

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