Lok Sabha Election 2019

Amit Shah says Vidyasagar bust destruction is TMC's handiwork

BJP President Amit Shah at a press meet at the BJP headquarter in New Delhi on Wednesday.

BJP President Amit Shah at a press meet at the BJP headquarter in New Delhi on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

He squarely blames Trinamool Congress and its chief, Mamata Banerjee, for what he termed an attack on him during a road show in Kolkata on Tuesday.

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday squarely blamed the Trinamool Congress and its chief, Mamata Banerjee, for what he termed an attack on him during a road show in Kolkata on Tuesday and accused them of being behind the destruction of a statue of reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in a city college. He also accused the Election Commission of India (ECI) of being a “mute spectator” to consistent violence in the six phases of polls held in West Bengal so far.

“I want to tell Mamata Didi, that you are fighting polls in just 42 seats, whereas the BJP is fighting across the country and has governments in 16 States. The fact that every other State has concluded polls peacefully and the State under you has not, shows that the violence originates from your party,” he said at a presser at the national headquarters of the BJP in New Delhi.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP of damaging Vidyasagar’s bust. 

Clashes broke out on Tuesday evening during Mr. Shah's rally and several people, mostly Trinamool Congress supporters, were injured.

Mr. Shah said the gate of the college where the bust was destroyed was shut, with BJP “'karyakartas” outside. The bust was inside a room, which was locked and showed no signs of forced entry. “Our people were outside the gates, while TMC members were inside the college and controlling its administration. The BJP cannot even conceive of such an idea of destroying Vidyasagarji’s statue.” 

‘CRPF saved me’

Responding to a question, he said that it was only due to the presence of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at the road show that he escaped unhurt. “Sixty of our karyakartas lost their lives in the panchayat polls in the State in the past, so I do not want to say anything more,” he stated. 

The events reflected the frustration being felt by Ms. Banerjee at “the BJP’s growing upsurge in support” across the State. “The people will respond to this outrage at the polling booths. The fifth and sixth phase of polling had put the BJP beyond the majority mark in Parliament and we will cross the 300-mark at the end of the polls,” Mr. Shah claimed.

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