The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday said it is exploring legal options against the Trinamool Congress over a statement by party MP and national spokesperson Derek O’Brien that the Burdwan blast was conceived by the Sangh at its headquarters.
“It was a most irresponsible remark coming from a political leader. It is highly condemnable and we are shocked at such observations. We are consulting legal experts and we think it is fit case for suing the Trinamool Congress. We will take a call in a day or two,” J K Nandakumar, Saha Prachar Pramukh told The Indian Express from the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
Reacting to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks questioning CM Mamata Banerjee’s stance that the Burdwan blast was “stage managed”, O’Brien had on Sunday said: “The honourable Mr Jaitley has written about the Burdwan blast and linked it to nationalism. Let me make three specific charges here. This is all part of a devious BJP master game plan. The current PM used this narrative throughout his election campaign in Bengal. This wasn’t a mere coincidence. It was a plan. The NSA (Ajit Doval) is a known RSS sympathiser. These devious plans are all conceived, drafted and approved at RSS headquarters.”
Nandakumar said that by making such remarks, the ruling party in West Bengal was trying to shield the culprits of the blast, in which two suspected Bangladeshi terror operatives were killed. “We can not think of such remarks coming from a sensible politician. We believe the Trinamool Congress has been cornered in areas of national security and financial scams and that is why they have become desperate. It seems they know the culprits and they are trying to shield them,” the RSS spokesperson said.
When contacted, O’Brien came out with a terse reply. “I do not want to make a comment on what a communal, fringe and divisive element says. They do not merit a comment,” he told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the RSS unit in West Bengal will be filing a petition at a court at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas district on Tuesday against some police officials who they allege had stopped the functioning of two sakhas at Gosaba and Baruipur.
We can not think of such remarks coming from a sensible politician. We believe the Trinamool Congress has been cornered in areas of national security and financial scams and that is why they have become desperate. It seems they know the culprits and they are trying to shield them J K Nandakumar, Saha Prachar Pramukh