Hyderabad: Reacting to reports of Trinamool Congress workers attacking Opposition party cadres in West Bengal following the election results, Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on 4 May said it should be the first duty of any government to protect people's lives.

"If they don't, they're failing in their fundamental duty. We condemn the failure of any government in any part of India to protect people's lives," Mr. Owaisi said.

A day after the result of the hotly-contested Assembly elections in West Bengal was declared, the state was in the grips of violence that allegedly left many dead and several injured in a clash that broke out between the ruling TMC and the Opposition parties.

Multiple reports of post-poll violence and arson from various parts of the state on Monday prompted the Home ministry to seek a report from the West Bengal government on incidents of attack on Opposition workers.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed for peace and calm in the state and blamed the BJP for the violence. "Bengal is a peace-loving place," said Ms. Banerjee, who won a third term with a stupendous victory.

She added, "During the elections, there has been some heat and dust... The BJP did a lot of torture, also the CAPF. But I appeal to all for calm. Don't indulge in violence. If there is a dispute, inform the police. The police must manage law and order."

Meanwhile, the Bengal Governor took to Twitter on Tuesday saying that PM Modi has expressed concern at the alarming situation in the state. "The PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at the alarmingly worrisome law & order situation. I share grave concerns @PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson, loot and killings continue unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order," Governor Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted.

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