NEW DELHI — Trinamool and BJP have been blaming each other for the violence during the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah in Kolkata and vandalizing Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue during clashes.
Calling BJP President Amit Shah a “liar and cheater”, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday accused the BJP of vandalizing Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue during clashes at his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday, reports IANS.
“BJP people indulged in the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow. The roadshow is just a roadshow, you are not supposed to paste posters on government buildings and other places,” TMC MP Derek O’Brien told the media here.
O’Brien showed two videos in which people were seen vandalizing public property. The TMC leader claimed he had 44 more such videos which he said can prove that “BJP goons” were involved in the violence in Kolkata.
“These videos establish that the BJP President is a liar and cheater.”
Another TMC leader, Manish Gupta, accused the BJP of bringing “goons” and keeping them in hotels to indulge in violence.
O’Brien also accused the central forces of helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal.
“The Central forces are in league with the BJP in Bengal. They are in alliance with the BJP.”
O’Brien said he along with a TMC delegation will meet the Election Commission and lodge a complaint regarding the violence, and also hand over the videos which he said were “authentic proof” against the BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile is reported saying, ” Didi is scared of the obvious BJP wave in West Bengal and to the level is clearly visible from the situation. Two days ago, she had said that she will take revenge. Within 24 hours of her remark, Amit Shah was targetted during the roadshow. There was an attempt to scare the BJP during his roadshow. ”
Congress targets BJP for Kolkata violence
Meanwhile, Congress slammed BJP for the Kolkata violence and desecrating a statue of Vidyasagar saying that violence is always BJP’s ‘preferred choice.
In a tweet Congress says, “Nothing is sacred and nothing is safe under the BJP’s anti-democratic leadership. By desecrating a statue of Vidyasagar and then instigating violent protests in Bengal, BJP proves once again that violence is always their preferred choice.
Nothing is sacred & nothing is safe under the BJP’s anti-democratic leadership. By desecrating a statue of Vidyasagar & then instigating violent protests in Bengal, BJP proves once again that violence is always their preferred choice#BJPSeDemocracyBhachaohttps://t.co/59NPNHdxb0
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 15, 2019