New Delhi, June 3: Launching a scathing attack on coalition politics, Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, said that the coming together of several parties against the BJP is a backhanded compliment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which shows that they can’t win on their own. She also said that opposition parties are struggling for survival.

Addressing the media in Ahmedabad on Saturday, Irani accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of indulging in targeted killings of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in West Bengal. She said, “The ruling party in West Bengal is a part of a ‘consolidated opposition’ which is fighting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a result, they’re indulging in targeted killings of BJP workers. The (TMC) government there has failed to maintain law and order and isn’t able to deliver justice to families of victims.”

Her comments came after a body of a BJP worker, Dulal Kumar, who went missing on Friday, was found hanging from a pole in Balarampur of Purulia district on Saturday. Another BJP activist, Trilochan Mahato, was also found hanging from a tree in the same district on May 30. As per the West Bengal police, the investigation into the death of Kumar was handed over to the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

Union Education Minister, Prakash Javedkar, also condemned the killing of BJP workers and said, “So far 19 BJP workers have been killed. Recent killings in West Bengal are inhuman. We condemn this political murder and murder culture. People of the state will teach a lesson to those who indulge in such acts. Political murder has no place in the democracy.”

In recent byelections held at four Lok Sabha and 10 Assembly seats, BJP had managed to win one seat in Maharashtra. The result came as a shock for BJP. Ahead of next year’s general elections, a united opposition got a major boost when it delivered a huge blow to the BJP, defeating it in the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election in Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra.