Buoyed by its performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP Monday gave a call for a “Trinamool-free” West Bengal as it launched a fortnight long ‘Bangla Bachao’ protest programme and named state president Rahul Sinha its chief ministerial candidate for the 2016 Assembly polls.
It said, if attacks on the BJP workers by the ruling Trinamool Congress did not stop, they would be forced “to give a fitting reply”.
“Today we are giving a call to make a Trinamool-free Bengal by 2016. The misrule and terror tactics of Trinamool has to be defeated. Today, we are laying the foundation of the change that will take place after 2016,” said Siddharth Nath Singh, the party’s central convener, while addressing the rally at Rani Rashmoni Avenue..
Raising the issue of the alleged attacks by the TMC supporters on the BJP workers, Singh said that while his party “trusted democracy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should not misunderstand it as our weakness.”
Lashing out at the state government and the Bengal Police for trying to disrupt the party rally, Sinha claimed the Trinamool had convened a parallel rally at the same venue without any prior notice. “But they had to change their venue because the BJP had got police permission much in advance,” he said.
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He said there was a “severe lack of courtesy” among the leaders of the ruling party. “CM had used unparliamentary words for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. Also, no ruling party leader came to offer condolence when former minister Tapan Sikdar died,” Sinha said.
Sinha said the TMC workers have removed hoardings of Mamata with ‘symbol of truth’ written on it. “It is because they have realised that she is not the symbol of truth,” he said, adding there was no law and order in the state where the “CM was ready to pay Rs 20,000 to rape victims and think she had done her bit”.
Party vice-president S S Ahluwalia, who is also an MP from Darjeeling said that the growing popularity of BJP has unnerved the TMC, which in turn has unleashed attacks on the saffron party workers.
“Even after getting 34 seats by rigging and violence, why aren’t you happy? Why is Trinamool attacking our party workers, why are they so restless? If Trinamool doesn’t stop this anarchy, we will have to give them a fitting reply,” Ahluwalia said.
“They (TMC) should remember that the government at the Center is not of Manmohan Singh’s but of Narendra Modi’s,” he said.
Party MP from Asansol, Babul Supriyo, said that while Mamata had sought votes in the name of “poriborton (change)”, once coming to power her party only resorted to cheap politics. “There has been no improvement in any field. The state has gone from bad to worse. We are looking at 2016 for a better change,” he said.