NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday sought a report from the Mamata Banerjee government after BJP chief JP Nadda‘s convoy was attacked by alleged TMC supporters in West Bengal.
The BJP president, who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, was on his way to Diamond Harbour in the South 24 Parganas district when stones were hurled at his convoy.
The ruling Trinamool Congress, however, alleged that the whole episode was planned by the BJP to overshadow a planned event.
The TMC today released a report card highlighting Mamata government’s welfare policies and development projects over the last 10 years in West Bengal.
Injured BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya receives treatment following the attack. (PTI)
“Mr J P Nadda has alleged that he was attacked. But we have information that provocation came from him, his own party men… It is necessary to find out if the whole episode was planned by the BJP,” the state panchayat minister and senior TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee said.
The TMC minister questioned if the “the alleged attack was planned to overshadow today’s event, arranged to highlight the achievements of the Mamata Banerjee government?”
Meanwhile, Union home minister Amit Shah condemned the attack and said “the Centre is taking the incident seriously.” His ministry has sought a report from the Mamata Banerjee government on the alleged “serious security lapses” during the BJP president’s visit.
Nadda, who managed to reach the meeting venue safe, lashed out at the Trinamool government.
“What I witnessed today is shocking and unprecedented. West Bengal has become a state characterised by utter lawlessness and intolerance. The administration has completely failed and goonda raj prevails. If I have reached here for the meeting it is due to Maa Durga’s grace … ,” Nadda said.
“Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya were injured in the attack today. It is a shame on democracy,” the BJP chief said, adding, “There isn’t a car in our convoy which was not attacked. I am safe because I was travelling in a bulletproof car.”
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar too joined the BJP leaders in slamming the Mamata government and said that he is concerned at alarming reports of anarchy and lawlessness.
“Mamata Banerjee indicating ruling party harmads (thugs) on rampage at BJP president convoy & political police WB Police in support…I share my shame with you as it’s on account of your acts of omission & commission,” Governor tweeted
BJP state unit chief Dilip Ghosh wrote a letter to Amit Shah and alleged that a “mob” of over 200 people with sticks and bamboos were demonstrating raising black flags in front of BJP’s state unit office in Kolkata.
He also claimed that some of the protesters climbed on cars parked outside the party’s office and raised slogans, and the “police did not intervene to stop them and casually allowed them to come within a close perimeter of Nadda ji’s vehicle”.
“When we were on our way to Diamond Harbour, TMC supporters blocked the road and pelted Naddaji’s vehicle and other cars in the convoy with stones. This only shows the true colour of the TMC,” the Bengal BJP chief said.
Ghosh said his car too was ransacked and security personnel were beaten up.
Vehicles of BJP national joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash and secretary Anupam Hazra were also damaged. Hazra too received injuries in the melee.
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya was on his way to South 24 Paraganas and alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers pelted stones at his vehicle at West Bengal’s Diamond Harbour.
“Bengal Police has already got the information about BJP National President JP Nadda ji program. But once again the Bengal police failed. In front of the police near Siracol bus stand, TMC goons hit our workers and pelted stones at my car,” Vijayvargiya tweeted.
BJP leader Sambit Patra also alleged that he along with some other leaders were attacked while they were travelling in a car.
“Our cars attacked in Bengal!! Window panes were broken. Shri Shivprakash ji, Shri Sanjay Mayukh ji and myself were travelling in this car. One karyakarta in our car is bleeding!! God save our lives!! Mamata Banerjee, is this democracy??” Patra tweeted.
West Bengal, that is gearing up for a high-voltage electoral battle early next year, has seen several BJP-Trinamool clashes in the recent past.
(With inputs from agencies)