Elections in J&K More Peaceful Than Those in Bengal: PM Modi


New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hits out on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over poll violence, saying elections in Jammu and Kashmir were more peaceful than those in West Bengal.

“They are forgiving everything else in their hatred for me and this will only create problems for the country,” the Prime Minister said.

A war of words ensued between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress a day after violence and arson marred BJP president Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata. While Trinamool Congress has sought a meeting with the Election Commission on the issue, a Bharatiya Janata Party delegation urged the poll panel to bar West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in the state and alleged that “constitutional machinery” has collapsed there.

During the panchayat elections in Kashmir, violence was not reported from even one polling booth. But during the same time, several people were killed during panchayat polls in Bengal; the houses of those who won were burnt down and they were forced to flee to Jharkhand and other states. Their only fault was that they won polls.

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