Kolkata: Addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Mau, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday promised to build a new statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the same spot where the Bengali writer and philosopher’s statue was vandalised. The statue was damaged in a clash between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members and Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) supporters on the College Street during Amit Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister recalled a West Medinipur rally some months ago where TMC workers had allegedly indulged in hooliganism. He said, “After this, in Thakurnagar the situation was such that I had to cut short my speech and was forced to leave the stage.” He added, “We saw hooliganism by TMC workers again during Bhai Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar’s vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot.”
After vandalising the college hostel, a mob caused damage to Vidyasagar’s 200-year-old statue. Meanwhile, black flags were reportedly waved at Amit Shah and stones were pelted at his convoy during his rally on Tuesday.
In the first such action in India’s electoral history, the EC on Wednesday invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail the campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19 in the wake of violence between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers in Kolkata on Tuesday. It ordered that campaigning in nine seats will end at 10 PM on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline.
Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee alleged that BJP’s Amit Shah was solely responsible for carrying out the Tuesday’s violence in the city which was a “pre-planned criminal conspiracy”.