The BJP fact-finding committee constituted by BJP National President JP Nadda to probe the West Bengal poll violence presented its report on July 26, 2023. The committee reported that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her TMC party and “their alliance with criminal hooligans, biased administration, and colluding police created a conspiracy to ensure the victory of TMC.”
It stated that “Rural Bengal is now highly terror-driven, primarily instigated by the Trinamool Congress local goons and supported & buttressed by a complicit West Bengal Police.”
The ruling party…forcibly stopped non-TMC candidates, especially BJP candidates in filing nominations. If candidates succeeded in filing nomination, they were threatened or compelled to withdraw the nomination.
After receiving the report, BJP National President Shri JP Nadda in his twitter message said, “Received the report by the BJP Fact Finding Team, constituted to inquire about the incidents of violence during the Panchayat Election in West Bengal. The state government’s arrogance and utter disrespect for democratic processes are dismaying. The BJP will continue to fight for the people’s voice in West Bengal in a democratic way”.
If the candidates did not withdraw then an open threat was issued saying that no campaigning should be done by those candidates. If they campaigned, the children and women at their homes would be abducted and their houses would be attacked or ransacked, and it was apparent in many places that such an attack actually happened, the BJP fact-finding report stated.
Moreover, the report stated that during the election, the candidates supported by the opposition party were attacked and many BJP supporters were killed or brutally injured on the morning of polling day to scare the voters. Furthermore, those who voted for a BJP-supported candidate were attacked, their houses were damaged and were physically assaulted, the report said.