80,000 forced to abandon homes in Bengal: BJP chief Nadda

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BJP national president J P Nadda and party MLAs take an oath during a protest meeting in Kolkata on Wednesday

KOLKATA: BJP national president J P Nadda complained that more than 80,000 people had to abandon their homes in the wake of post-poll violence in Bengal.
"Village after village was ransacked in Gosaba, Sandeshkhali, East Canning. People from Cooch Behar had to take refuge in neighbouring Assam. People from South 24 Parganas have suffered a double tragedy. Months ago, they were hit by Amphan and now they are facing Mamataphan," Nadda said on Wednesday without making a mention of "tortured communities", unlike some Bengal BJP leaders.
The BJP president promised to take up the cause in a democratic way.
Nadda assured BJP karyakartas that helplines were being put in place for people to contact the party.
He was in no mood to demand President's Rule in Bengal. "There is a procedure for that. The governor generates a report and the MHA examines it. As far as the party is concerned, we are going to take up the cause on our own strength," Nadda said.
Responding to Trinamool Congress' "fake video" allegation that was later endorsed by the state police, the BJP president said: "Send me the video clips. We will take care. But don't tell me about the state police. They had said during the attack on me on my way to Diamond Harbour that it came from disgruntled men from our side."
Nadda had earlier paid a visit to victim Shobharani Mandal's home in North 24 Parganas. He also read a "pledge" along with 77 BJP MLAs at the state party office on taking up the cause of Bengal people under provisions of the Constitution.


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