The leaders hit out at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly throttling democracy in the state.
New Delhi: The BJP staged a silent protest at the Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to condemn the alleged attack on party president Amit Shah’s convoy during a road show in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Dr Jitendra Singh, Vijay Goel and Dr Harsh Vardhan wore black bands and put fingers on their lips while sitting on the podium. Some BJP workers were also carrying placards which read: “Save Bengal, save democracy”.
The leaders hit out at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly throttling democracy in the state. “Yesterday, our national president’s (Mr Shah’s) rally was hit by violence, but if it wasn’t for the CRPF, our party president would not have come back safe. I think the forthcoming defeat has left West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee completely rattled,” Ms Sitharaman told reporters.
The defence minister wondered how noted reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue, which was inside the college campus in a locked room, was vandalised. She alleged that the Trinamul Congress workers, who she said were present inside the campus, were behind the attack.
Dr Singh, meanwhile, claimed that the violence was a conspiracy to put hurdles in the BJP’s peaceful campaign in the state. “What kind of a democracy will we allow to flourish in our country? One riddled with violence or oppression or one without oppression and violence?” Dr Singh asked.
Mr Goel, who organised the protest, said Ms Banerjee wanted to “throttle democracy” and was “scared of the popularity” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The BJP will fight against this. She is backed by those elements who were backing the communists earlier. The more she does this, the more support BJP will get from the people,” Mr Goel added.
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