Kolkata, Sep 16 (PTI) The BJP performed ”Shahid
Tarpan” for its slain activists at a ghat of the Ganga in the
city on Wednesday, even as the Kolkata Police evicted scores
of them triggering a political face-off between the ruling TMC
and the saffron party.
The unfazed BJP workers changed the venue from
Baghbazar ghat in north Kolkata, the site of the Tarpan, to
nearby Golabari ghat and performed the ritual on the eve of
Mahalaya despite the city police”s efforts to prevent the
holding of the programme.
The Kolkata Police cited the prevailing COVID-19
situation for its action and dismantled a stage erected for
the Shahid Tarpan.
The TMC and the BJP accused each other of trying to
derive political mileage from a purely religious exercise and
the issue snowballed into a major political row.
”Tarpan” is a Hindu ritual in which water is offered
to the ancestors with prayers for peace to the departed souls.
“The BJP had not taken permission for the event. So we
decided to stop the programme and dismantled the stage,” a
police official said.
The city police put up barricades outside the Bagbazar
Ghat to prevent BJP activists from entering the area.
The BJP countered the charge saying it had sent a mail
to the Kolkata Police on Tuesday night informing it of the
The development triggered a war of words between the
BJP and the TMC who accused each other of communalising the
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya,
who was stopped by the police from participating in the event,
accused the TMC government in West Bengal of working only for
the benefit of the 30 per cent minority population of the
state, leaving out the 70 per cent Hindus to “fend for
He alleged the state administration tries to create
obstacles for any programme or ritual related to Hinduism.
“The state government works only for the 30 per cent
population (minorities) of the state. The remaining 70 per
cent (Hindu population) are left to fend for themselves.
“Why is this government against Hinduism and its
rituals? The police stopped our party workers from performing
tarpan. Later, we had to organize it somewhere else,” he said.
Referring to the imposition of the state-wide lockdown
on August 5, the day of bhoomi pujan at Ayodhya for the Ram
temple, Vijayvargiya alleged the TMC government creates
obstacles for any programme related to Hinduism.
“After we are voted to power in West Bengal next year,
we will work for the entire population of the state and not
just for a specific community,” he told reporters after being
prevented by the police from entering Bagbazar Ghat.
Assembly election is due in West Bengal in April-May
Asked about the BJP not seeking prior permission,
Vijayvargiya said the party had sent a mail to the police last
“Do we need permission to perform ”tarpan” for our
slain workers? It is a Hindu ritual that is being performed
for ages. But still, we had sent an email to the police last
night seeking permission for the programme,” he said.
Reacting to the allegation, TMC secretary general
Partha Chatterjee said the BJP is trying to communalise the
“No one was stopped from offering Tarpan. The police
had stopped the congregation of BJP workers due to the
pandemic and they had not taken any permission.
“There is no restriction on performing Tarpan ritual.
The BJP is spreading canards and trying to communalize the
issue which they are very good at,” Chatterjee said.
The BJP has been performing ”mass tarpan” since 2019
for party workers killed in political violence in West Bengal
in the last few years.
J P Nadda, the then BJP national working president,
had performed ”mass tarpan” for slain party workers in
September last year. PTI PNT KK
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