The convoy of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nationwide president JP Nadda was attacked in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district, the social gathering stated on Thursday, triggering a pointy rebuttal from the state authorities and prompting the Union dwelling ministry to hunt a report into the matter that turned out to be the most recent flashpoint in the politically charged state that can go to polls in early-2021.
The BJP stated a few of its frontline leaders in addition to employees sustained accidents after being assaulted by the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress at Shirakol in Diamond Harbour, the Lok Sabha constituency of Abhishek Banerjee, who’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew. TV information footage confirmed stones raining on the convoy and shattering windshields. Vehicles of some media homes have been broken.
BJP nationwide basic secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, its nationwide vice-president Mukul Roy and nationwide secretary Anupam Hazra have been hit by stones and shards of glass from shattered home windows and windshields of their vehicles, in keeping with the social gathering.
Union dwelling minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh condemned the incident. Both of them referred to as up the BJP president, state leaders stated. The dwelling ministry additionally requested state governor Jagdeep Dhankar to submit a report on legislation and order state of affairs in the state and steps taken by the Trinamool authorities to keep up peace.
“The attack on BJP president JP Nadda is condemnable. No matter how much we condemn, it will not be enough. The Centre is taking this very seriously. The West Bengal government will be answerable to the peace-loving people of the state for this,” Shah tweeted in Hindi.
“Bengal has sunk into the darkness of lawlessness and oppression during the Trinamool Congress regime. The manner in which political violence is being taken to its limit in West Bengal it is painful and a matter of concern for people who have faith in democracy,” he added.
Nadda, who visited Diamond Harbour as a part of his two-day journey to the state, stated West Bengal had plunged right into a state of lawlessness, and appealed to BJP employees to make sure the social gathering’s win in the upcoming meeting elections.
The incident occurred in the afternoon, when he was on his approach to his vacation spot a day after assembly voters in Bhawanipore, the chief minister’s meeting constituency in south Kolkata. “These two constituencies are the fountains of corruption and intolerance,” Nadda stated.
The BJP management alleged that the assault was deliberate to foil Nadda’s programme and there have been no policemen alongside the freeway connecting Kolkata to Diamond Harbour, a distance of 52 km. But CM Banerjee hit again, saying the assault was staged by the BJP to attract public consideration.
“They staged it to show people that they are being attacked. Why did they have 50 cars in the
convoy? I move with only three. What were the cars in the tail
end of the convoy doing? How could videos be made and circulated so fast? What were the central police force personnel, who accompany BJP leaders, doing at that time? I challenge this. I have asked the administration to inquire,” she stated.
Responding to this, Nadda stated in the night: “Mamata Ji knows nothing about administration. The central force personnel accompanying us only protect us. They do not stop stone-throwers on the streets.”
Addressing a rally at Arambagh in Hooghly district in the afternoon, Abhishek Banerjee ridiculed Nadda. “Today Nadda fell into a gadda (pothole) at Diamond Harbour. What can I do if common people’s anger finds an expression in outrage? The BJP spreads fear and violence, but in Bengal they have lost balance…”
Urban improvement minister Firhad Hakim stated the BJP didn’t even inform the state authorities in regards to the motion of its leaders. “The central government provides security cover to Nadda and other leaders. If they had asked for security cover from us, we would have arranged it,” he stated.
The state police stated in a press release nothing occurred to Nadda’s cavalcade. “Shri JP Nadda, National President, BJP reached safely at the venue, Diamond Harbour, South 24 Pgs. Nothing happened to his convoy. Few bystanders at Debipur, Falta PS, Diamond Harbour PD, sporadically and suddenly threw stones towards vehicles trailing long behind his convoy. Everyone is safe and situation is peaceful. Matter is being investigated to find out actual happenings,” the drive tweeted.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had a scheduled assembly with the chief secretary and director basic of police at 6pm. “CS @MamataOfficial & DGP @WBPolice called on me today at 6 PM. Unfortunately, neither came with any update on pending issues or regarding attack on convoy of BJP President JP Nadda. Their continued non responsive stance signals failure of constitutional machinery in the State,” Dhankhar tweeted after the assembly.
BJP leaders fanned out throughout the state to protest towards the incident. Roads have been blocked at a number of locations. Demonstrators received right into a scuffle with policemen in Howrah city. Two police personnel and two BJP employees have been injured.
With elections approaching, the political temperature in Bengal is on the rise. The BJP has set a goal of successful over 200 of the 294 seats in the upcoming polls in the state, which is commonly in information for political violence.
In the 2011 meeting elections, the BJP didn’t win a single seat and received a vote share of round 4%. In 2016, it did higher, successful three seats and bagging a vote share of round 10%. Buoyed by the Lok Sabha efficiency final 12 months (18 out of 42 seats), the BJP is now specializing in the problems of corruption and nepotism, lack of employment, and legislation and order in the state.