Nirmala Sitharaman mounts an attack on TMC, Demands CRPF in Bengal until MCC observation period

Prerit Chauhan / Rahul Kumar Jha

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New Delhi: The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is officially underway with polling stations open across several states. West Bengal’s scenario has been no different from the previous phases. Reports of severe violence before and during the last seventh phase of polls have started pouring in.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharama addressing the media over poll violence in West Bengal said, “Trinamool Congress was responsible for the vandalism and intimidation that has taken place on Sunday. We have two concerns, which is that voters are being intimidated and not allowed to cast their votes.”

She further said, “The Bengal Chief Minister is already threatening. we are scared.will Trinamool unleash violence after polling ends.we demand central armed forces stay in the state until Model Code of Conduct is lifted.”

Sitharaman was joined by nominated Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta who said, “In West Bengal, the violence unleashed by the TMC as part of its ‘badla’ strategy won’t end.Central forces must remain in the state as long as the Model Code is in oper.”

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