The Trinamool Congress Sunday lashed out at BJP over the visit of its five-member team to North 24-Parganas district following the May 28 attack on some party workers there, saying that the saffron party was trying to browbeat the state’s ruling party by citing the name of Delhi.
“They are showing us Delhi. They are trying to browbeat the state government by mentioning the name of Delhi on every occasion. The BJP is actually trying to bring the politics of division to the state. But all this will turn into a fiasco as the people of West Bengal will foil all their designs. They will not allow any impediment to come before the developmental process initiated by our chief minister,” said Partha Chatterjee, minister for education and TMC secretary general.
He was referring to BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s statement that it would seek the Prime Minister’s intervention if post-poll violence was not contained.
A five-member BJP delegation had Saturday visited Sandeshkhali in North 24-Parganas district, where 30 BJP workers were injured in firing allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters on May 28. The team comprised party spokesperson and MP Meenakshi Lekhi, vice presidents S S Ahluwalia, Naqvi, Siddharth Nath Singh, who is also in charge of party affairs in the state, and MP Babul Supriyo.
Chatterjee claimed that the BJP team landed here for a few hours and “was trying to create disturbance in Bengal by making inflammatory speeches.”
However the BJP reacted sharply saying instead of bringing any remedy for the victims, the Trinamool Congress was actually diverting attention of the people.
“One girl was gangraped as her family voted for the BJP. She is from a tribal family but none from the National Tribal Commission visited her. The miscreants are getting the protection of the ruling party and they are now calling the shots,” Shamik Bhattacharya, BJP state general secretary, who accompanied the party delegation, said.
The BJP will file a report about their finding to senior leaders of the party on Tuesday. “Mamata Banerjee is emulating the policy of the British, of `divide and rule’. We are preparing a report which will be ready by tomorrow and we will hand it over to Rajnathji (union home minister and BJP president) when he calls us,” Siddharth Nath Singh, said. However, Partha Chatterjee hit back at Singh, saying ,“It is unfortunate that someone makes such comments just to be in the race for ministership.”
Asked if the TMC leadership would visit Sandeshkhali, he retorted, “Why? Just because someone has gone, so we will have to follow suit? We are assessing the situation and will do whatever is necessary.” Though the BJP managed to win only two out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, it has increased its vote share from just over 6 per cent in the last election to 17 per cent in the 2014 general election.