Six BJP leaders, among them West Bengal Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari and Agnimitra Paul, faced suspension for the remainder of the ongoing session in the West Bengal Assembly due to their reported unruly and disorderly conduct within the legislative body.
BJP leaders have been suspended from the remaining session of the Legislative Assembly after they staged a protest inside the Assembly House, sitting on the floor, and raising slogans. They demanded a discussion about the Sandeshkhali issue by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Amid the governor's visit to the area, a substantial police force has been deployed, and Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed. During the governor's interaction with local villagers, predominantly women in Sandeshkhali, who protested against torture and physical assault by Trinamool leaders, women cried out and appealed for assistance from Bose.
Following the suspension, Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari expressed pride, stating, "We have been suspended in support of the SC-ST mothers of Sandeshkhali. Previously, we were suspended while protesting against the Bogtui incident."
Adhikari demanded a response from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and State Home Minister on the Sandeshkhali issue. BJP MLAs entered the assembly wearing T-shirts and chanted slogans about Sandeshkhali.
BJP MLAs staged a floor protest in the assembly over the Sandeshkhali issue. The Speaker suspended Adhikari, along with MLAs Agnimitra Paul, Mihir Goswami, Tapashi Mondal, Bankim Hazra, and others for refusing to comply with assembly rules. Meanwhile, a BJP delegation, led by LoP Adhikari, is en route to Sandeshkhali to meet with local women following protests both inside and outside the assembly.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the deployment of the State Women's Commission, stating that the accused individuals involved in the violence in Sandeshkhali have been arrested.
Meanwhile, the governor expressed strong concerns over the situation, calling it unacceptable in a civilised society and demanding a report from the state government for effective action. Additionally, protests erupted across Kolkata and the state by the BJP and CPI(M) over the arrest of former CPI(M) MLA Nirapada Sarkar and BJP leader Bikash Singh.
Recent protests in Sandeshkhali were sparked by allegations of sexual abuse against powerful Trinamool Congress leader Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates. Women, empowered by Sheikh's absence, have bravely shared their harrowing experiences, with one stating, "One might be the husband but without rights. One would have to let go of his wife."
Sandeshkhali resident Kanika Das expressed concerns to Aaj Tak, stating, "They mistreat us; women here cannot live safely. We fear going out and seek safety. My husband, who operates a bank CSP, previously hinted that leaders were eyeing all the money. He often mentions the possibility of his untimely demise."
Kanika Das recalled an incident and said, "The miscreants, accompanied by the police, about 20-30 of them, arrived at my home at 3 am. They forcefully kicked my door, broke my window, dragged me by my hand and hair, and even snatched away my baby daughter, throwing her away." Another woman in the viral video recounted, "They used to take women to the party (TMC) office and release them in the morning."
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