A DAY after Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal threatened to “break the legs” of Opposition leaders, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh on Thursday vowed to beat up Trinamool cadre and policemen if they stopped him and his workers from organising party programmes. On Wednesday, Ghosh was prevented by the police from visiting BJP workers at Mathabhanga and Sitalkuchi areas of Cooch Behar district.
“Attempts are being made to stop us from organising party programmes. The ruling party is using its cadres and goons on the Opposition in areas where the ruling party has a strong presence. We could prevent such attacks in places where we have a strong presence. But we are not being able to so as the police are stopping us,” Ghosh said while addressing a public meeting in Malda district.
“If needed, we will beat up Trinamool cadres and the policemen. Once we start beating them, they will learn a lesson,” he added. BJP workers on Thursday also staged a demonstration at College Street in Kolkata to protest against Wednesday’s incident.
The Congress, meanwhile, slammed the police and Trinamool for not taking action against the ruling party’s Birbhum leader, Anubrata Mondal.
Speaking to mediapersons at the state Legislative Assembly, Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said: “I don’t expect to a person, who knows only to bark, to sing Rabindra Sangeet. The ruling party says that it believes in democracy. It’s leader was seen openly giving provocative speeches in the presence of a police officer. Why was he not arrested? It is very unfortunate than no top leader from the ruling party condemned such statements.”
Mannan, along with CPM’s Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, were on Wednesday prevented by the police from visiting farmers staging a protest against alleged land acquisition by Trinamool in Birbhum’s Bolpur area. Following this, Mondal had threatened the two, saying he would break their legs if they “dared” to visit the farmers again. Bengali news channels had shown Mondal threatening Birbhum police officers and ordering them to arrest the “troublemongers”, else they would have to face consequences. “Now, it is 4.15 pm. I am giving you three hours. You have to arrest the culprits by 7 pm. If you cannot, then I will come here by 9 pm and destroy every house here and set them on fire. Motorbikes were seized from the spot. Arrest the owners of such vehicles. I will not entertain any excuses. I do not know any Mannan or any leader of CPM. I will break their hands and legs,” Mondal was seen saying to the police officers in a video.
Trinamool secretary general and Minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday said that the party does not approve what Mondal had said.
“We only focus on what he said. We do not consider the circumstances that led him to say such things. However, it is not acceptable what he has said and the party does not approve of it. I will talk to him in this regard,” he added.
State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim came out in Mondal’s support. “When peace was prevailing in a place, why did Bhattacharya and Mannan go there? We have to protest against their attempts to create a Bhangar-like situation everywhere. They had gone there with goons and there was some excitement in the area. We are not considering what one has said in excitement,” Hakim told mediapersons outside the Assembly.