State BJP president Rahul Sinha on Thursday asked the police to begin a “TMC peto abhiyaan” in retaliation to the ruling party’s “terror tactics” which, according to the leader, has left everyone insecure in Bengal.
“How will the police give us any protection? They themselves are not safe in this state. Some officers call me up and say, ‘please do something; we are getting beaten up almost every day’. I tell them to start a ‘TMC-petao abhiyan (beat up the TMC)’. We are with you,” Sinha said during a law violation programme at Rani Rashmoni Avenue.
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He also called upon his party workers, exhorting them to “retaliate and give a fitting reply” if the TMC workers use force on them.
Several thousands took part in the rally prior to the law violation programme from College Square to Rani Rashmoni Square demanding a minimum support price for paddy and for better security for women in the state. Drenched in the pre-monsoon rain, Sinha was accompanied by other state leaders.
In his speech, the BJP leader used the weather conditions of the day as a reference: “It is an indication from the heaven that the movement we have begun would not be easy. There would be storms and rain but we will have to go through those and the sun will shine on us like it does now.”
Actor-turned-politician Locket Chatterjee, who also attended the rally, said: “If one looks at all the instances of rape and violence against women, it can be said that the only woman who is safe in this state is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. No one else is safe here.”