TMC-BJP face-off intensifies in West Bengal
Sharanya Gupta| Kolkata
As the elections approach in West Bengal, the face-off between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party keeps intensifying. In a violent turn of events, bricks were hurled at the convoy of the BJP President JP Nadda, when he was en route to a meeting in Diamond Harbour.
BJP has alleged that the attack was orchestrated by TMC goons provoking an angry assault by the saffron party leader who alleged that the state has slipped into complete lawlessness and ‘goonda-raj’.
While none of the members of the convoy didn’t get injured, their cars were ransacked especially that of Kailash Vijayvargiya, the general secretary of BJP.
“There isn’t a car in our convoy which was not attacked. I am safe because I was traveling in a bulletproof car,” said JP Nadda in the meeting.
“What I witnessed today is shocking and unprecedented. West Bengal has become a state characterised by utter lawlessness and intolerance,” added Nadda.
Attack on our @BJP4India President Hon @JPNadda ji’s convoy & @KailashOnline ji’s car is very deplorable and shameful act by @AITCofficial TMC goons!
We strongly condemn this and demand action against the guilty.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 10, 2020
“Does rule of law exist in Bengal at all? The convoy of our national president is being attacked. Our party cadres and leaders are injured,” said Kailash Vijayvargiya.
The attack happened in Diamond Harbour in the South 24 Parganas. The BJP was quick to link the attacks with Abhishek Banerjee, the current MP from Diamond Harbour, alleging that the Chief Minister’s ‘bhaipo’ (nephew) has been the mastermind behind the attacks.
Abhishek Banerjee replied to the allegations in a public meeting in Arambagh in Hooghly saying, “JP Nadda and Kailash Vijayvargiya are outsiders who are trying to destabilize the peace in West Bengal amidst a COVID-19 situation.” He also said that if allegations against him can be proved, he will willingly get arrested.
“Mamata Banerjee is the only female Chief Minister in India, and the BJP cannot tolerate this, and so they have indulged in a mad game to destroy West Bengal” Abhishek Banerjee added.
Sougata Roy of the TMC said that JP Nadda was “neither President nor Prime Minister” that there’ll have to be security for him everywhere, after the BJP national president’s convoy was attacked.
“He could have gone anywhere. What was the need for BJP’s national president to go specifically to Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek’s constituencies and create a ruckus? He could have just organised a big rally. Sometimes people tend to protest spontaneously,” Roy was seen saying on a Bengali news channel.
Earlier this week a BJP party worker was killed in Siliguri allegedly to police firing during the party’s ‘Uttarkanya Abhiyan’, and has demanded a CBI probe. The allegation was dubbed as “baseless” both by the police and the TMC, which in turn accused the BJP of bringing in armed men at the rally with “malafide intention” to foment trouble in the state ahead of the assembly polls.