24 October, 2020

Bengal's Politics Over Corpses Nothing New As BJP-RSS Raise Stink Over Jiaganj Murders

School teacher, wife and son's death in Murshidabad has triggered a bitter political war. The BJP is clearly trying to win some brownie points

Members of Calcutta’s civil society protest the gruesome murder
Photograph by PTI
Bengal's Politics Over Corpses Nothing New As BJP-RSS Raise Stink Over Jiaganj Murders

Things have come to a pretty pass in Bengal. Any mishap runs the risk of being cast in the mould of the raging political feud in the state, where a sorely challenged Trinamool Congress takes on an asce­ndant BJP on a daily basis. Bandhu Prakash Pal, a 35-year-old school tea­c­her, his wife and eight-year-old son were murdered in their home in Jiag­anj, Murshidabad during Durga Puja. A nauseous furore was fashioned immediately, with the BJP-RSS comb­ine laying claim to the dead as their own.

BJP leaders started imputing the murders to political vendetta; the accusing finger, naturally, pointed to the TMC. There were also attempts to give it a communal colour. Ironically, even after Pal’s relatives denied his having any political affiliation, BJP leaders continued their clamorous chant against the ‘political murder’. Then, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar joined battle, observing in a terse statement that this reflected Bengal’s poor law and order situation. When family-members stressed Pal’s apolitical nature, state BJP...



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