Adhir appealed the president for article 355 on the state

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress leader, demanded the imposition of Section 355 in the Lok Sabha in the state over the Rampurhat incident. In a letter to President Ramnath Kobind on Wednesday, he alleged that law and order had been disrupted in the state, adding that “26 political assassinations have taken place in just the last one month.”

Adhir claims that due to factionalism in the ruling party, the deputy chief of Barashal panchayat in Rampurhat of Birbhum district was killed and in response to this, 12 members of the minority community, including women and children, were burnt to death. In this context, the issue of post-vote terrorism in the state has also come up his letter.

At the end of the letter, he has urged the President, “I request to enforce Article 355 on West Bengal to ensure that the state government is bound to abide by the constitutional rules.” According to provincial Congress sources, he may visit the massacre site at Bogtui village in Rampurhat on Thursday afternoon.

Article 355 of the Constitution states that it is the responsibility of the centre to protect each state from external aggression and internal disturbances. It is also the responsibility of the centre to ensure that the state government abides by the constitution. The centre may also intervene in West Bengal if it wants to protect the state from internal disturbances.

Some BJP leaders have demanded the dissolution of the government by issuing Section 356 in the state over the Bogtui incident. However, Adhir has limited the demand for central intervention only through the application of Section 355. According to Article 356 of the Indian Constitution, the centre has the power to impose presidential rule in the respective states on the basis of the Governor’s report.

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