Union ministers inciting violence in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Thursday accused the union ministers of inciting the post-poll violence that has erupted across the state after election results were declared.

Banerjee claimed that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is yet to come to terms with its loss in the Bengal assembly polls.

“Not even 24 hours have passed since I was sworn-in as the CM, and letters, a central team have started arriving. This is because the BJP has not yet reconciled to the mandate of common people. I will request the saffron party leaders to accept the mandate,” news agency PTI quoted Bengal CM as saying.

Mamata said that the violence has claimed 16 lives so far and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for their families.

Banerjee’s statement comes hours after a convoy of Union minister and BJP leader V Muraleedharan was attacked in west Midnapore district. He was in Bengal to take stock of the post-poll violence.

“Please allow us to focus on the COVID situation. We do not want to engage in any squabble,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters.

Bengal CM also said her government would provide jobs of home guard to one family member each of all five persons killed in CAPF firing in Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi area on April 10 when polling was underway for the fourth phase of elections.