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Modi's swearing-in: Kin of BJP workers killed in violence in Bengal invited

According to BJP sources, it is a "message" for Mamata Banerjee and the TMC as West Bengal is on the priority list of the saffron party.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Kolkata 

BJP leaders Kailash Vijaivargiya and Mukul Roy join hands with two Trinamool Congress and one CPM legislator, who joined Bharatiya Janata Party along with 60 councillors from three civic bodies in West Bengal, in New Delhi | Photo: PTI
BJP leaders Kailash Vijaivargiya and Mukul Roy join hands with two Trinamool Congress and one CPM legislator, who joined Bharatiya Janata Party along with 60 councillors from three civic bodies in West Bengal, in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

The family members of over 40 BJP workers, who were killed in political violence in in the last one year, have been invited for the swearing-in of as the Prime Minister for a second term on Thursday, a senior party leader said.

The BJP has accused the state's ruling of unleashing violence on its workers in elections, alleging that at least 80 of them have died in political violence. The TMC has denied the charge.

The kin of 42 BJP workers killed in violence have been invited to the ceremony, BJP told

The party has booked their train tickets and informed them personally, BJP leader said.

"It is a gesture of showing respect to our martyrs who died while working for the party during the violence unleashed by (TMC) goons," he said.

According to BJP sources, it is a "message" for and the TMC as is on the priority list of the saffron party.

A senior TMC leader alleged that the kin of BJP workers have been invited to the ceremony to "humiliate" the state administration.

"Had they been so serious about showing respect to the family of martyrs, they should have also called the family members of TMC workers who were killed in the violence.

"By not doing so, the message they want to give is quite obvious," the TMC leader said.

Chief Minister on Tuesday had announced that she will attend the event as a "constitutional duty and courtesy".

The BJP put up its best ever show in the state this Lok Sabha elections, winning 18 of the 42 seats there, a huge jump from its earlier tally of two. The TMC won 22, a sharp fall from the 34 it had won in 2014.

First Published: Wed, May 29 2019. 13:20 IST
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