Published On: Tue, May 15th, 2018

Prime Minister Modi calls Bengal poll violence ‘murder of democracy’

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked the Mamata Banerjee government over violence in the panchayat polls in West Bengal saying “it was nothing but murder of democracy”.

A perception was also created that language was a barrier for him in Karnataka

“People weren’t allowed to file nominations. People from all parties except one ruling the state have suffered. Workers of these parties were killed. This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal had to see such things. It is unfortunate,” Modi said.

He was addressing workers at the BJP central office here after the BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls.

“Where is the spirit of democracy?” Modi asked.

“It is not just about winning elections. All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit,” he added.

“I don’t want to blame anyone. I am only worried about democracy,” the Prime Minister said.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured on Monday in violence during the West Bengal panchayat polls on May 14.

Earlier, Modi began his speech by condoling the death of more than a dozen persons after an under-construction flyover collapsed in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Tuesday.

Dubbing the BJP performance in Karnataka as “extraordinary”, Prime Minister said the state’s people gave a befitting reply to the Congress.

Modi took a dig at the Congress, saying that a perception was created by the party which ruled the country for so many years that the “BJP is a party only of Hindi-speaking states”.

“Are Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam, and northeast states Hindi-speaking states? No, the BJP represents whole of India. The people of Karnataka gave a befitting reply to those who tried to create such a perception and spread misinformation about us,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister said a perception was also created that language was a barrier for him in Karnataka.

“There was no barrier between the people of Karnataka and me. Language was never a barrier for me. I will always cherish the affection I received from them.

“This kind of politics is very harmful for the country.”

Attacking the Congress, Modi said that “No one could have imagined that in this election, Congress would indulge in activities that would hurt India’s constitution only for its political interests.”

He also said that it had come to light that the ruling party (Congress) in Karnataka resorted to various other routes to “murder democracy”.

“I want to thank the people of Karnataka and also our party ‘karyakartas’. They have worked so hard in the elections. Our national President Amit Shah ji also worked very hard and has proved that hard work always pays,” he added.

The Prime Minister said that the BJP will not lag behind in ensuring a bright future for Karnataka. “I assure the people of Karnataka that we will always work for its people,” said Modi.

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