Midnapore, Jan 29 : As soon as the Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah completed his speech at the rally in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district, workers of the Trinamool Congress and the Saffron party clashed and vehicles ferrying BJP workers were torched outside the venue of the public meeting.
Witnessing the violence, Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya threatened West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said the BJP leaders would neither get threatened nor give in. “Ye Mamata ji ko bahut mehenga padega,” added Vijayvargiya.
The BJP has blamed the Trinamool Congress for the incident. However, the Trinamool Congress claimed that BJP workers had vandalised a local TMC party office in Kanthi and the irked TMC supporters then retaliated.
“When our supporters were returning from Amit Shah’s rally they were attacked by TMC activists. This is a shame. We condemn it,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said.
“TMC is afraid of our strength that’s why they committed violence. Unfortunate that everything happened in front of police, attackers didn’t even spare women workers,” BJP’s Rahul Sinha said.
Refuting the charges, TMC leader Madan Mitra alleged that BJP hired hooligans from Jharkhand to vandalise their own vehicles. “Beginning of the end of BJP as a whole has already started & it has started from Bengal. BJP has hired some hooligans from Jharkhand. They are doing this because they have no other issue,” ANI quoted him as saying.