Several BJP workers were injured when activists of the students wing of Trinamool Congress attacked the state party headquarters with stones to protest the arrest of the TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay in Rose Valley chit fund scam case, police said. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha alleged that 10-15 party workers were injured when Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad activists pelted them with stones. According to Zee 24 Ghanta, at least 17 people have been injured in the attack.
Carrying TMC flags and shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the agitated party workers accused the BJP of pursuing vendetta politics. Sinha said five to six cars belonging to the party were damaged and Modi’s effigies set alight, he said. “More than 10-15 workers of our party received severe injuries. Stones were hurled at cars parked outside. Is this democracy? A person who has looted public money has been arrested. So why are they protesting against our party office?” he said.
Sinha was present inside the party office during the attack. Traffic in the area was thrown into disarray because of the protest. Incidentally, the BJP office is situated in central Kolkata which is part of Sudip’s Lok Sabha constituency. “Yes, we are protesting against the BJP because of the vendetta politics that they have pursued against our party. We are here to teach them a lesson,” a senior TMCP leader of central Kolkata said.
“We have cordoned off the area. A few people have received injuries,” a police official said. Furious over the attack on BJP party office, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh alleged law and order in West Bengal had “completely broken down” and the police were acting as “cadres” of the ruling TMC. “So many of our activists have been injured and police is just a mute spectator. This only shows that the police is acting as cadres of the ruling TMC,” Singh said.
The BJP leader met West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi and complained about the incident.
BJP says Didi ‘scared’ of CBI probe
Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of letting loose Trinamool Congress “goons” on BJP workers following arrests of her party MPs on corruption charges, the saffron party today said she was “scared” the CBI probe will reach her doorsteps. BJP’s National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh told reporters that 12 party workers were seriously injured in an attack allegedly by TMC functionaries in Kolkata and charged that a ruling party MLA and councillor were leading the mob.
“Violence has no place in a democracy. It is unfortunate that in Bengal, violence has become a norm since the state government encourages acts of violence.
“The attack on BJP HQ (headquarters) in Kolkata by TMC- sponsored goons today is a direct reflection of Mamata Banerjee’s policy of promoting violence in the state. She and TMC should ponder why two of their elected representatives were arrested by CBI?” he asked.
He said the Kolkata Police headquarters is only 5 minutes away from the BJP office but it did not send reinforcement for almost 30 minutes.
“It clearly shows that violence unleashed on BJP today has blessings of the TMC administration,” he said.
“It is distressing but not surprising to see how a leader like Mamata Banerjee, seeing a dip in her popularity, is engaging in theatrics to stay relevant. She has converted All India Trinamool Congress to All India Theatrics Congress.
“We want to humbly ask you, ‘Don’t you feel ashamed and embarrassed that your party MP has been caught in a case of cheating the poor of your state?’ History will remember that Sharada, Narada & Rose Valley scams are the three main contributions of Mamata Banerjee to West Bengal,” he said.
She must introspect why TMC leaders are involved in chit fund scams, he said, adding the law will take its course whatever TMC does.
“By resorting to violence, your (Banerjee) supporters cannot get a clean chit for your MPs involved in chit fund scams.
“You are scared as the CBI probe is intensifying. Dots are being connected and you feel it will reach your doorsteps.
That is why you have let loose TMC goons,” he said.
Singh, who is BJP’s co-incharge for West Bengal, said the police were a mute spectator.
Indulging in violence has become TMC’s character, he alleged, noting that the TMC chief had warned of riots across the country if the note ban decision was not reversed.
The CBI earlier in the day arrested TMC parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam. His arrest came close on the heels of the arrest of another TMC MP, Tapas Pal, on Friday.
Congress sees conspiracy
“Is the TMC MP’s arrest a reaction to the opposition unity?,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “unleashing vendetta” on his political opponents, he said, “Everyday we see the manner and fashion in which the CBI, ED and other investigating agencies are subjected to pressure by none less than the prime minister and his office to unleash vendetta on his political opponents and on anyone who raises a voice.” Surjewala alleged that from the day Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee addressed a joint press conference with Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, “a new wave of vendetta has been unleashed by Modiji”.