In a veiled warning to TMC to “mend its ways” or face consequences, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya wondered whether TMC MPs and party supremo Mamata Banerjee would be able to go around the country and enter New Delhi if his party starts protesting against them. Furious over the attack on state BJP headquarters by TMC activists yesterday following the arrest of TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay, Vijayvargiya lashed out at City Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar for tuning a “blind eye” to the attack on BJP office.
He urged the CBI to investigate the alleged role of Kumar in wiping out evidences against TMC leaders in the chit fund scam, during his tenure as the head of the state government-formed SIT.
Refuting allegations that CBI arrests in chit fund scams were a “political vendetta” against TMC as it has been opposing demonetization, Vijyavargiya warned TMC to mend its ways and stop attacking BJP offices and workers or else the the party would also not sit silently.
“We may not be as strong as TMC in Bengal. But in the entire country we are the strongest political force. I wonder if BJP workers in Delhi decide that TMC MPs would not be allowed to enter Delhi, would they be able to enter Delhi? “The answer is no. If BJP workers decide to protest across the country, would Mamata Banerjee be able to roam the country freely? If TMC doesn’t mend its ways, we will also not sit silently,” he said.
Trinamool Congress MPs today took out a protest march towards the Prime Minister’s residence, a day after Sudip Bandyopadhyay, TMC’s leader in Lok Sabha, was arrested in an alleged corruption case.
The parliamentarians from the West Bengal ruling party were taken into police custody before they could reach 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
“We were marching peacefully towards the Prime Minister’s residence, but the police detained us mid-way and manhandled few of our MPs,” TMC leader Saugata Roy told reporters.
He added that as many as 36 MPs from the party took part in this protest march and they will continue to raise their voices against “injustice done by the Modi government”.
Yesterday, the Trianmool Congress (TMC) leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay was arrested by the CBI in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam case.
Bandyopadhyay is the second TMC MP to be arrested within a week in connection with the alleged scam. Last Friday, actor-turned-politician Tapas Pal was subjected to questioning for more than four hours and arrested subsequently.
Agitated by Bandyopadhyay’s arrest, a furious Mamata Banerjee accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using central agencies like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department against his political rivals who were raising their voice against demonetization.
Following the arrest of their leader, alleged TMC workers descended on the BJP office in central Kolkata chanting anti-Narendra Modi slogans and hurling stones. It left several people injured and half-a-dozen cars parked outside damaged.