BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the Trinamool Congress of orchestrating violence during his roadshow in Kolkata, presenting photographs to prove his point.
“We will not be intimidated by violence… Anger of Bengalis will translate into defeat for Mamata didi who is stifling democracy in the state,” the BJP chief said.
Adding that “democracy has been muzzled” in Bengal, Shah questioned as to why the Election Commission was a “mute spectator” in Bengal. “Six phases of the Lok Sabha elections are over and we have not seen violence anywhere other than Bengal. This shows that it is TMC that is behind these clashes and not the BJP,” Shah said.
Handing out pictures from yesterday’s clashes as evidence, Shah accused the TMC of destroying the bust of Pandit Vidyasagar. “The idol of Vidyasagar is kept inside the college room. The room was locked, so who had the key? It is the TMC that has captured the college. Destroying the statue of the great educationist for vote bank politics and sympathy shows that countdown of TMC has begun.”
“I just came to know that the Bengal government has filed an FIR against me, Let me tell them I am not scared of FIRs… so many of my workers have been killed in violent attack,” said Shah of the state where the BJP has two sitting MPs of the total 42 lawmakers that the state sends to the Lok Sabha. Amit Shah’s party is trying to make inroads in the state and has had frequent run-ins with the ruling party in the state in the run-up to and during the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls.