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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Another BJP leader murdered in WB, central leadership maintains silence

Mithun Ghosh, a young BJP leader was murdered last night in West Bengal. It is alleged that he was shot dead by goons of TMC, the ruling party. Mithun (32) was an office bearer with BJYM’s Uttar Dinajpur district unit.

Mithun was standing outside his home in Rajgram village, Itahar tehsil in Uttar Dinajpur district on Sunday night when he was shot by two motorbike-borne assassins. He was rushed in a critical condition to hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Several bullets had been fired into his stomach.

Mithun’s brother Ajit said that his brother had named Sukumar Ghosh and Santosh Mahato as his killers enroute to hospital. Another name that has cropped up in relation to this shooting is that of TMC-linked goon Qasim Ali.  

BJP MLA and Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari condemned the cold-blooded murder, tweeting “BJYM VP Uttar Dinajpur dist. Mithun Ghosh has been shot dead by assailants at Itahar. This is TMC’s handiwork written all over it. The bloodthirsty antisocial hound dogs who executed their master’s orders would be taken to task when the tide turns. We won’t forget Mithun Ghosh.”

But whether the murderers will be caught and punished remains a moot question. Murder of BJP leaders and workers has become routine in West Bengal, especially since the bloody 2016 Panchayat elections. One thought that the horrific post-poll pogrom launched on May 2 by TMC cadre while WB police looked the other way would finally awaken the Indian state from its deep slumber.

But the centre did not issue any public condemnation of the violence or rush any central forces, and SC failed to take suo motu cognizance or even prioritize the several petitions filed before it. Mainstream media has anyway censored the gory details of the violence and mostly presented it as a series of allegations and counter-allegations. No in-depth ground reporting was done was any of the major outlets.

Thankfully, due to the efforts of WB BJP leaders like Priyanka Tibrewal and some activists, the Calcutta HC was finally forced to hand over investigation of serious post-poll violence cases to CBI. But even that decision has been challenged by WB govt and the SC has admitted their petition.

The PM and HM of the country have maintained a studied silence all throughout, while their party workers and innocent citizens get slaughtered and raped with impunity. Some of their supporters claim it is the protocol that must be followed in a federal set up. But seeing how the country’s Opposition has absolutely zero time for such Constitutional niceties, that explanation no longer holds any water.

When those in top Constitutional positions speak about issues, the country listens. The country needs to listen to what is happening to Hindus in West Bengal, in Bangladesh, in Pakistan and in so many other parts of the country. The silent majority in this country has been excluded from other institutions like judiciary, bureaucracy and media. The only say we have in the present skewed system is electing representatives in the hope that they will voice our concerns and aspirations.

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