BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the Trinamool Congress of orchestrating violence during his roadshow in Kolkata, presenting photographs to prove his point as the TMC, BJP sparring intensified in the slog overs of the Lok Sabha elections.
“We will not be intimidated by violence… The anger of Bengalis will translate into a defeat for Mamata didi who is stifling democracy in the state,” the BJP chief said.
“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 the 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.
Showing photographs to prove that Trinamool Congress workers broke the statue of Vidyasagar, Shah said, “the college gates were closed, the room was locked … who opened the lock, BJP workers did not enter the college.”
Recounting the violence during his roadshow on Tuesday, Amit Shah said: “I was lucky to escape, had the CRPF not been there, it would have been difficult for me to escape.”
The BJP chief said signs of TMC unease were visible before the roadshow. “Modi’s posters, my posters were torn in the morning… yet BJP workers were calm”. Shah said that the roadshow started and support of people was overwhelming. “There were so many people and it was a peaceful rally,” he added.
The Trinamool Congress and the BJP have blamed each other for the violence in College Street where a bust of iconic social reformer Iswarchandra Vidyasagar was vandalized in Vidyasagar College set up by him in 1872. The BJP alleged that stones were first thrown at them by TMC supporters.
Shah said the state government should order an independent probe into the incident but by a neutral agency.