Trinamool Congress (TMC) members have been alleged of threatening and pressurising many villagers of Jhargram district, West Bengal, to evacuate the place, following which, over 80 families have started taking refuge in Chakulia district, Jharkhand.
The local unit of BJP here has taken steps to provide shelter to the families being allegedly thrown out of their villages in West Bengal by TMC members.
“These families are from Nayagram, Gopiballabhpur, Beliabera, Shalboni and Binpur of the neighbouring state. We have put them up at Agrasen Dharamshala and Naya Bazaar Dharmshala in Chakulia,” said BJP functionary Sameer Mahanty.
Few Bharatiya Janata Party members claim that TMC leaders have been using threats to make the villagers support their candidates as gram pradhans. Abani Ghosh, a BJP leader from Jhargram mentions that villagers have often complained about TMC members barging into their houses at night and threatening that “they will not spare if they don’t get support for their candidate.”
Families who have fled to Jharkhand are apparently distressed as their accommodation, food and education of children is being hampered. Jhargram is expecting more panchayat members to flee from West Bengal as the Pradhan process will continue till the middle of August.