While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to observe TMC martyr's day in a special way, the BJP wants to turn it their martyrs’ day too in order to dampen the high profile address of the chief minister.
Acting on the recommendation of the national leadership of the party, the state BJP has decided to observe the day in Bengal and Delhi, remembering the people who lost their lives and properties due to post-poll violence in West Bengal.
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While leader of the opposition, Suvendu Adhikari, has been given the responsibility to address the people of the state and take out a rally, in Delhi state BJP president Dilip Ghosh will take out a rally towards the Rajghat, the resting place of M.K. Gandhi.
“It is going to be our martyrs’ day as well. We will tell the nation what has happened in Bengal. The national human rights commission’s investigation is an eye-opener for the nation,” said a vice-president of the party in Bengal.
All MPs from Bengal, who are now in Delhi attending the Parliament session, have been asked to take part in the peace march to Rajghat while special arrangement is being made for Adhikari’s address to the people of the state on Wednesday.
Banerjee has decided to make her speech in Hindi on Wednesday and invited all national opposition leaders to connect virtually to listen to her. The NCP, DMK, SP, BSP and many other regional leadership have been sent the invitation. The speech this year has been prepared keeping in mind of Banerjee’s desire to string together an opposition front before next Parliament election in 2024. The TMC wants such a front to be led by the West Bengal chief minister as she had defeated the BJP in Bengal in the assembly elections.
The BJP sources said apart from giving speech, Adhikari would also hit the street and lead a rally. Every district has been asked to prepare the protest rally on their own. Adhikari would hit the street at 11am in the morning with party workers. The party has decided to print posters and banners over post-poll violence in Bengal.
“If TMC government tries to prevent us from observing our martyr’s day tomorrow then it would turn violent,” said a state BJP spokesman.