The BJP and the Trinamool Congress are blaming each other for the violence that rocked part of Kolkatta after the BJP President Amit Shah’s road show as breaking of Bengal’s Icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar by suspectedBJP goons made situation of Bengal this morning very emotional.
The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee quickly seized the opportunity and made it an emotional tool for the “Bengali Bhadrolok” as Twitter footage clearly showed that it was the handiwork of the BJP hooligans.
Mr. Shah called it an attempt to “strangulate democracy” while Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal.
The “Save Republic rally” was a huge show complete with saffron balloons, BJP flags, and artistes dressed as Hanumans dancing to “Jai Shri Ram” beats, all showered by marigold petals and Kolkatta was not used to see such rallies.
The violence started on Tuesday evening at the gates of Calcutta University as a section of students gave anti BJP slogans and BJP supporters attacked them. In nearby College Street as Amit Shah’s van passed by Vidyasagar College but rallyists following him allegedly charged at the students standing with “Go Back Amit Shah” posters.
The BJP supporters rushed into the campus, set motorcycles on fire and vandalized the bust of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar — a 19th century educationist and social reformer. Mamata Banerjee visited the college in the evening.
The police initially used batons to bring the crowd under control. Later, several people were arrested for the violence, a police officer said.
“What does Amit Shah think of himself? Is he above everything? Is he God that no one can protest against him?” Mamata Banerjee said. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien tweeted: “Desperate BJP goons from outside Bengal smash statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar inside the college. Violent mob of BJP ‘outsiders’ in presence of Puke worthy Shah. How little you know about Bengal, its rich history, its culture. Bengal will never forgive for what you did today.”
Accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of engineering the violence, Amit Shah said it was a bid to “strangulate democracy”. Alleging that 60 BJP workers were killed during the panchayat polls, he said it was also an attempt to “influence” the election. “Have faith in the people of Bengal that they’d face the TMC goons,” he said.