West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out at BJP President Amit Shah after clashes erupted in his road show in Kolkata. BJP workers were accused of setting motorcycles on fire and damaging properties including vandalising the statue of noted Bengali philosopher Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
Addressing an election rally in Behala in Kolkata, a visibly angry chief minister said that Shah had hired goons from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to cause trouble in Kolkata. “This has been widely reported by Bengali channels. Nationals channels haven’t shown this because they are pimps. Leave them alone,” she said.
She told the rally, “You must know what happened. As soon as Amit Shah’s road show ended, goons wearing BJP bandana’s set Vidhyasagar College on fire. They vandalised the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Kolkata never witnessed such shame ever, not even when the Naxal movement was at its peak.”
Banerjee warned that she will not spare the BJP for Tuesday’s act. She said, “We will not spare them. We will give the BJP a fitting reply.” Addressing Shah, Banerjee said, “If you lay your hands on Vidyasagar, what will I call you other than a goonda…I hate your ideology, I hate your ways.”
Her party has called for a protest on Wednesday against the vandalisation of the bust of Vidyasagar. Banerjee said, ”Extremely unfortunate incident. The BJP is desperate. They do not even respect our icons. How could they vandalise the bust of Vidyasagar? We will hold a protest rally tomorrow.”
Shah’s road show in north Kolkata on Tuesday had turned violent as his supporters clashed with Trinamool workers outside the famous Vidyasagar College.