BJP Steps up Efforts to Spread Base in North-East

Published: 30th July 2014 09:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2014 09:52 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The BJP is stepping up its efforts to increase its base in North East even as its cadre is coming under attack in the area.

The saffron party had deputed separate teams of its senior leaders to access the ground report and suggest suitable action to deal with violence against the party.

One such study group headed by party vice-president and former Rajya Sabha MP, Balbir Punj, which visited West Bengal following the killing of its worker in Birbhum district, submitted its report to BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday. In its report, the group said that Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was “feeling insecure” after the rise of the BJP in West Bengal in Lok Sabha polls.

In its recommendations, the group suggested that the Home Ministry should seek a report from the West Bengal government on the murderous attack and direct action. The report said the minorities in the state are living under constant fear and insecurity.  The group suggested that the help of National Minorities Commission be taken in the matter  and further added that the party’s Human Rights Cell should keep an eye on such incidents and ensure reaching out to the affected persons.

The delegation comprised MP Kirti Azad, Siddharth Nath Singh, West Bengal party chief Rahul Sinha and minorities cell incharge Abdul Rashid Ansari.  They were deputed by former party chief Rajnath Singh on June 12, to give an on-the-spot report on the killing of the BJP worker.

This was the second delegation to visit Bengal as many BJP workers were allegedly attacked by TMC workers.

The report alleged that Trinamool Congress workers were attacking BJP workers and looting their homes with the active support of the police and the state Government after the surge in BJP vote-share.

The BJP had won two Lok seats in West Bengal-- S S Ahluwalia from Darjeeling and Babul Supriyo from Asansol. The party also saw a rise in its vote share in the state as it got 16.8 per cent votes.

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