BJP working president JP Nadda on Saturday (September 28) performed a mass tarpan for nearly 70 party workers who were killed in political violence in West Bengal in the last few years.
Tarpan is a Hindu ritual performed on the day of Mahalaya ahead of Durga puja, during which people offer prayers for their dead ancestors.
The mass tarpan undertaken by the BJP, which has made deep inroads in the state, highlights the party’s narrative of widespread political violence in the state, said a PTI report quoting party sources.
The mass tarpan also witnessed the presence of the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh and national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.
“A mass tarpan for 67 slain BJP workers was performed at Baghbazar Ghat here. Their family members along with senior party leaders were present for the ritual. Tarpan for two
Muslim BJP workers, who were killed last year, was also held,” the report quoted a senior BJP leader as saying.
It said that Nadda also spoke to the family members of the slain BJP workers after performing the ritual and that they demanded punishment for the culprits.
The BJP leader also slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that she has started a “jungle raj” and let loose a “reign of terror” in the state.
Meanwhile, BJP MP and MoS Debasree Chaudhuri said that the party will ask for a CBI enquiry into the killings of two students in North Dinajpur district when it comes to power in the state.
“I would like to ask CM Mamata Banerjee why she has let loose a reign of terror in Bengal. What is her party (TMC) getting by killing so many BJP workers? Her party will get a befitting reply in next assembly polls,” she was quoted as saying.
(With inputs from agencies)