Opinion | Nandigram: Who threatened villagers on voting day?


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Opinion | Nandigram: Who threatened villagers on voting day?

On polling day in Nandigram, we confirmed on India TV, how villagers, each women and men, fearing for his or her lives, had been strolling in the direction of the polling sales space close to their village, with central safety forces accompanying them. These women and men named some native Trinamool leaders, who had threatened them to not come out of their houses and vote. This was how a reign of terror had been created in Nandigram, the place the Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee is preventing a raging battle to save lots of her political existence.

Until now, we had been solely listening to information of Trinamool leaders threatening folks to not attend BJP rallies in Bengal, we used to listen to how villagers by no means trusted the native police, however after a very long time, folks have mustered braveness to return out and vote, with central safety forces defending them. Until now, we used to take all accusations made by BJP leaders in opposition to TMC about beatings and killings, with a pinch of salt, however after watching the video of poor, harmless villagers narrating how hooligans got here to their houses and threatened them to not vote, one has to imagine that there certainly is a reign of terror in TMC strongholds.

These villagers informed India TV reporter Amit Palit, how TMC leaders got here to their houses and threatened them for attending Mithun Chakraborty’s street present. A central safety power crew went to their village, and introduced the villagers to the polling cubicles in order that they may freely solid their votes.

In one other visible on Thursday, we confirmed how a convoy of automobiles led by BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari was stoned in a Muslim-dominated locality. India TV crew car was within the convoy, and it bore the brunt of stoning. The automotive windshield was smashed, and India TV reporter Pawan Nara was injured. When Suvendu Adhikari got here to find out about this, he stopped his convoy, got here to India TV crew car, and mentioned, “the world should see the jungle raj created by the Begum. There’s already a non-bailable warrant pending in opposition to native Muslim TMC strongman Sheikh Sufian, they introduced outsiders to rig voting at Madrasa sales space, there are six phases of ballot remaining, and the world ought to see what is going on right here.”

Why was Suvendu Adhikari making allegations in opposition to Muslim supporters of TMC in Block-1 of Nandigram? India TV reporter Manish Bhattacharya was current within the space the place the stoning came about. Native Muslim TMC supporters informed him, on digicam,”Suvendu Dada will lose this time, neither Owaisi nor Pirzada will work right here, 100 per cent Muslim votes will go to Didi”.

Mamata Banerjee is aware of this fairly effectively that Muslim voters in Bengal will help her this time en bloc, as a result of they concern BJP might come to energy. She due to this fact visited Hindu dominated areas of Nandigram, and staged a drama exterior a sales space, the place she sat for greater than two hours, rang up the state governor Jagdeep Dhankad, wrote a two-page letter to the EC in her personal handwriting, alleging that central safety forces had been permitting rigging to happen. This was accomplished in full view of nationwide and worldwide media, to garner consideration.

Mamata Banerjee says that she had received complaints about Muslim voters not being allowed to vote in Boyal, a Hindu dominated space. India TV reporter Manish Bhattacharya was current, when Mamata reached the sales space. Out of the blue, a lot of TMC supporters got here shouting slogans and began a fracas with BJP staff. There have been clashes and fisticuffs, within the presence of Trinamool supremo. Happily, a big contingent of central safety forces got here to the spot and prevented the state of affairs from deteriorating.

It was certainly a dramatic scene when Mamata Banerjee rang up the state governor from a polling sales space, complaining in opposition to the Election Fee. This was the identical governor, whom she had been labelling as ‘BJP agent’ for the final a number of years.

As information of Mamata ready exterior a sales space travelled quick, Election Fee observers reached the scene, and despatched this report back to the EC management room in Delhi.

That is what the EC reported to the media: “Many sections of media have been masking the incident of alleged gherao of Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal and crowding at Polling Station No. 7 at 210 Nandigram AC at the moment that inter alia resulted in disruption of ballot course of. Basic Observer Shri Hemen Das (IAS 2009 batch) and Police Observer Shri Ashutosh Roy (IPS 1994 batch) had been requested to go to the spot instantly.  The report acquired from the Basic Observer at four.06 pm is as follows: “Good afternoon sir, Polling at PS no 7 ( Boyal Moktab Major Faculty) is occurring easily. 
Hon’ble CM, who can be a contesting candidate,  has left the place at about three.35 pm after staying right here for almost one and half hour.

“It might kindly be famous that polling was not disrupted at any second. Until now, 702 votes, out of 943, have been polled. It’s 74%. Practically 3000 folks had been there after we reached the station. All have left now. Now, me and Police Observer are right here apart from the authorised police personnel together with CAPF. Regards”         

“A separate hand written criticism was acquired from Hon’ble Chief Minister by way of CEO West Bengal at the moment within the late afternoon. The identical has been forwarded to Particular Basic Observer Shri Ajay Nayak and Particular Police Observer Shri Vivek Dube below intimation to CEO. They’ve been requested to ship a report by tomorrow 6pm.”

So, a lot ado about nothing by Mamata. She was making a drama, whilst her occasion goons had been threatening folks in villages to not come out and vote.

Mamata’s rival Suvendu Adhikari mentioned, this was clear indication of Mamata shedding in Nandigram. He claimed that almost all of voters in Nandigram have voted in his favour. Adhikari questioned how Mamata violated Code of Conduct however sitting exterior a polling sales space for 2 hours.

On the similar time, in Uluberia and Joynagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing election rallies, mentioned, “the folks of Bengal have determined to show Mamata a lesson this time. He mentioned, no person can now save Didi from folks’s anger. She ought to learn the writing on the wall. Already the indications had been there after the primary part of polling. And now, no matter has occurred in Nandigram, are indicative that Mamata is shedding.”

Modi posed a direct query to Mamata: “Didi, the final part of nominations nonetheless stays. Inform me, are the rumours true that you could be  file one other nomination from a special constituency? You went to Nandigram, the folks confirmed you what they needed. If you happen to go anyplace else, persons are prepared (to show you a lesson).”

Late within the night, Trinamool Congress spokesman formally denied that the occasion chief was going to file nomination from one other constituency. The spokesman mentioned, “if BJP leaders are a lot in love with Bengal, why doesn’t the PM or the Dwelling Minister file a nomination right here?” One other Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra tweeted: “Contesting from second seat? Sure, Mr PM. She’s going to, and it will likely be Varanasi. So go, get your armour on.”

It goes to the credit score of India TV reporters, who, on Thursday, confirmed braveness and spoke to villagers who went to cubicles below central forces’ safety to solid their votes. Our reporters confronted stoning from TMC supporters, and one in all them was injured. Our third reporter confirmed how TMC and BJP supporters clashed within the presence of the chief minister.

The Election Fee knew that there can be makes an attempt to seize polling cubicles, and it, due to this fact, opted for an eight-phase polling and heavy deployment of Central forces. At the moment, the primary to object to the eight-phase polling was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Voters talking on digicam clearly described the reign of terror that had been unleashed.

Secondly, all these threats by goons didn’t work, and the widespread voters confirmed braveness on the day of polling. This was evident from the glum visage of Mamata Banerjee on Thursday, sitting on her wheel chair exterior a polling sales space. By no means had Mamata appeared so glum. This was not her standard model. 
She blamed Dwelling Minister Amit Shah and mentioned the central forces acted in a biased method. She raised doubts concerning the neutrality of the Election Fee.

The query continues to be open: Will Mamata win or lose in Nandigram?

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