Amit Shah behind attack on TMC workers in Tripura, alleges Mamata Banerjee

BJP running a “demonic system “ in States where it is in power, she says

Updated - August 09, 2021 07:31 pm IST

Published - August 09, 2021 01:18 pm IST - Kolkata:

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File photo

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File photo

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited State-run SSKM hospital to meet Trinamool Congress youth leaders who suffered injuries during their visit to Tripura on Saturday.

Ms. Banerjee said, “These attacks have been carried out on the instructions of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The Chief Minister of Tripura does not have the audacity to do that,” she told journalists. This is the first occasion when the Trinamool Congress chairperson has spoken about the developments in Tripura, where the party has sent several teams in the past few days.

She said the BJP was running a “demonic system “ in Tripura and also in other States where it was in power. “Even in Assam, the BJP government did not allow our delegation to visit when there were protests over the NRC [National Register of Citizens]. In Uttar Pradesh when there was an incident at Hathras, our team was not allowed to come out of the airport,” she said.

Ms. Banerjee said the TMC delegation was attacked in the presence of the police. “They were attacked and they were arrested. For 36 hours, they were not administered any medical help. Not even a glass of water was given to them.” On the attack on the convoy of his nephew and party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee , she said “Abhishek’s life is in danger”.

“Whenever he is takes a flight to Tripura, the adjoining seats in the plane are being booked by goons.” Mr. Banerjee’s convoy was attacked in Tripura on August 3.

After three youth leaders — Jaya Dutta, Sudip Raha and Debangshu Bhattacharya — sustained injuries on August 7, he visited Tripura for the second time on Sunday. He returned to Kolkata in the evening with them.

The Trinamool has set its eyes on the Tripura Assembly polls in 2023. Several teams comprising MPs and Ministers have visited the northeastern State in the past few days .

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