Union Minister Babul Supriyo said on Sunday that the recent chain of events in West Bengal – from the arrest of Al Qaeda liaison officers to the controversy involving a Sikh man and his turban shows that this was an “appropriate case” for the imposition of the state president.
The Asansol MP also said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who “oppresses” opposition parties in Bengal, had to forget her grassroots struggles.
Supriyo, while speaking to reporters, said police had “planned” isolated a member of the Sikh community, assaulted him and pulled his turban, during the BJP protest rally on Thursday.
“The recent chain of events – from the attack on a member of the Sikh community to the arrest of al Qaeda operatives to the brazen murder of Manish Shukla and other political opponents – shows that he It is justified to impose article 365 in West Bengal, ”he said.
Controversy erupted after images of police beating a Sikh man during the BJP protest on Thursday went viral on social media, with a section of netizens claiming police removed his turban during the fight. Police said the person was carrying a gun, however, and his headgear “fell off automatically during the fight.”
Against the speech of the Union Minister, veteran TMC MP Sougata Roy said that (Mr.) Supriyo was a “novice” and had no idea of the circumstances under which the president’s power is imposed.
“(Mr.) Babul is a newcomer to politics, having joined the BJP only a few years ago. He has no idea what he is saying. He does not know that before imposing the article 365, a section 355 notice must be issued by the Center, ”said Roy.
Claiming that the situation in West Bengal does not justify such a measure, he said that Mr. Shukla’s murder was a consequence of the internal feud in the Saffron camp.
Roy added that the Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change was making “absurd claims to attract attention” because he was not getting any prominence in his party.
“(Mr.) Supriyo refers to some stray incidents, such as the murder of a muscular man like Shukla due to the BJP’s internal feud and police action to quell violent party protests.
“When it comes to arrests of al-Qaeda liaison men, such things can happen anywhere. So what does he have to say about the public order situation in Uttar Pradesh? he added.
BJP leader Manish Shukla was shot dead by armed assailants in Titagarh earlier this month, with the Saffron party accusing the ruling TMC of orchestrating the murder.
In September, six Al Qaeda liaison men were arrested by the NIA in Murshidabad district.
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