Kolkata: The vehicles parked near Amit Shah’s rally venue in West Bengal’s East Midnapore were on Tuesday vandalized. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pinned the responsibility of the violence on the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Reacting to the incident, Kailash Vijayvargiya of BJP said that the party won’t get scared of the tactics adopted by the TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee. “Hum Mamata ji (WB CM) ko chetawani dena chahte hain ki iss prakar BJP ka karyakarta na darne wala hai na jhukne wala hai. Ye Mamata ji ko bahut mehenga padega,ye main kehna chahta hun,” the BJP leader said.
BJP’s Rahul Sinha told news agency ANI, “TMC is afraid of our strength that’s why they committed violence. Unfortunate that everything happened in front of police, attackers didn’t even spare women workers.”
Hours after the incident, leader Madan Mitra reacted saying, “Beginning of the end of BJP as a whole has already started & it has started from Bengal. BJP has hired some hooligans from Jharkhand. They are doing this because they have no other issue.”
Further, BJP president Amit Shah today demanded that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should clear her stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, while accusing that her government welcomes infiltrators but has no place in the state for refugees.
Addressing a public rally, Shah said, “I would like to ask Mamata ji if she will support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha or not, and tell that to people of Bengal. They welcome infiltrators and Rohingyas but there’s no place here for the refugees who come to save themselves! I would like to tell all the refugees in Bengal that BJP and Narendra Modi government will grant them the citizenship”.
Asserting that no state can progress unless the roots of democracy are strengthened, he said that the present generation is missing the past glory of the state. “This land of West Bengal has led the nation for many years. It provided cultural leadership, political leadership and commercial leadership but what has happened to that Bengal? Where did ‘Shonar Bangla’ go? Bengalis in India are searching for it. All are looking towards Bengal…For this nation, it might be an election to make Modi ji PM once again but for Bengal, the election means to re-build ‘Shonar Bangla’,” said Shah.
Shah also criticised the state government for creating an obstruction in BJP’s planned Yatras. He said, “I want to ask people of West Bengal, does a political party have a right to campaign or not? BJP wanted to reach out to the people by taking out five raths to all villages. But we were not allowed to go to people and meet them. I want to tell Mamata Banerjee that no matter how hard she tries to stop us, BJP workers will go to each home and village to propagate the message of lotus. She can’t stop us because there is democracy in the country”.