BJP leaders Monday condoled the death of Shova Majumdar, the 85-year-old mother of a party worker in West Bengal who was allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress members, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying her family’s pain would haunt West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for long. “Anguished over the demise of Bengal’s daughter Shova Majumdar ji, who was brutally beaten by TMC goons. The pain & wounds of her family will haunt Mamata didi for long. Bengal will fight for a violence-free tomorrow, Bengal will fight for a safer state for our sisters & mothers,” he said in a tweet.
Banerjee, in retort, asked why Shah remains silent when women are “tortured to death” in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. “I don’t know how the sister has died. We don’t support violence against women. We have never supported violence against my sisters and mothers… But the BJP is now politicising the issue. Amit Shah is tweeting and saying Bengal Ka Kya Haal hain. Why does he remain mum when women are attacked and brutalised in Hathras
in Uttar Pradesh?” Banerjee said while addressing a rally in Nandigram.
Two days after the first phase of polling for the West Bengal Assembly elections, she held a ‘padyatra’ from Khudiram More to Thakur Chawk in Nandigram where Banerjee is contesting against TMC turncoat and her former protégé Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram constituency.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a poll rally in Puducherry on Tuesday to seek support for the NDA in the union territory for the April 6 Assembly elections. This is the PM’s second visit to the UT to campaign for the NDA candidates after having addressed a poll rally here on February 25.