| S.S. Ahluwalia |
Agartala, July 29: A delegation of senior BJP leaders today sounded a note of caution to the ruling CPM in Tripura saying the NDA government at the Centre would not remain a “silent spectator” in case the “terror campaign” launched by its cadres on BJP workers and supporters continued.
Soon after the counting of ballots for the three-tier panchayat polls ended on July 20, largescale terror had commenced on the workers and supporters of the BJP by the CPM cadres across the state.
Despite a less than expected performance, the BJP had captured five gram panchayats winning altogether 141 seats.
The BJP’s state president, Sudheendra Dasgupta, and four of his colleagues, including Tapas Bhattacharya and Vikash Debnath, were attacked by a CPM mob at Daksin Maheshpur in Sipahijala district on July 22, prompting a visit by a three-member BJP delegation comprising Lok Sabha MPs S.S. Ahluwalia, S.N. Jatiya and Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, who visited areas under Sonamura subdivision of Sipahijala district and rural areas under Udaipur subdivision of Gomati district.
A four-member delegation of the state unit of the BJP led by Dasgupta and three others were attacked when they had gone to visit the house of a party activist who had been attacked by CPM activists earlier.
Addressing a news conference in state headquarters here, Ahluwalia said, “We have visited the terror-stricken villages of the state and found that unprecedented terror was let loose by the CPM activists on the workers and supporters of the BJP and we want to give a message that the NDA government would not remain a silent spectator unless the terror is stopped. I also want to make it clear that the NDA government is not UPA government, which ran with the support of the CPM at the Centre.”
The BJP team visited Dakshin Maheshpur village in Kathalia block in Sipahijala district and other villages in Matabari block of Gomati district and Rajnagar block of South Tripura districts yesterday.
Ahluwalia alleged that the CPM activists started spreading terror a day after the panchayat polls on the candidates, including women candidates and supporters and activists of the BJP, with the sinister message that they would face dire consequences if they supported the BJP in Tripura.
“Even an 82-year-old woman was not spared. Her hand was fractured. Women were threatened that mass rape would take place if they supported the BJP. I do not know where they have learnt of mass rape, may be they have learnt it from Trinamul Congress MP Tapas Paul,” he said.
Ahluwalia alleged that unprecedented “terror” took place in the Kathalia block, which falls in the constituency of chief minister Manik Sarkar.
The team stated that a report would be prepared and submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and the issue would be raised in Parliament.
Ahluwalia is leaving with other members of the delegation for Delhi today.