Eastern Times: December 11, 2020,New Delhi\Kolkata: A day after BJP chief J P Nadda’s convoy was attacked by stone pelters while he was travelling from Kolkata to Diamond Harbor during his visit to the poll-bound state, it turned out to be an all-out attack from both sides, as the saffron party and the ruling Trinamool Congress traded charges at each other taking hostilities to a new height.
While BJP called it a “planned attack,” on Friday TMC leaders hit out at the Union home ministry for summoning the state chief secretary and director general of police for the attack on BJP national president J P Nadda’s convoy and accused the saffron party of trying to create a situation where the central government can interfere in matters related to the states.
Senior TMC MPs Saugata Roy and Kalyan Banerjee alleged that Nadda’s convoy had “convicted criminals” and goons who carried weapons with the malafide intention to instigate violence.
“What is the central government is doing by sending a letter (seeking report) from the state government is unconstitutional.The MHA summoning the chief secretary and DGP is unacceptable. The BJP and the central government is trying to create a situation where they can interfere with the federal structure,” Banerjee said at a press conference here.
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The provocative speeches by BJP state president Dilip Ghosh are leading to a vicious situation, he said and claimed that Nadda was accompanied by “convicted criminal and armed men of BJP.
On Friday, BJP said the attack on Nadda’s convoy was a planned one and that there is complete lawless situation in West Bengal.
BJP leaders in the convoy had been injured in the attack except Nadda as he was in a bullet-proof car, party leader Mukul Roy told the media in Kolkata. He said home minister Amit Shah had called him and “I told him (Shah) that the situation is totally lawless in West Bengal.
It was a planned attack on Naddaji’s convoy and we all bore the brunt and sustained injuries…” Roy told reporters at a function held to induct some district-level leaders of TMC and other parties into BJP.
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who was among those injured in the attack, was present during the meeting.
Senior party leader Shamik Bhattacharya in another press meet said “lawlessness situation prevails in the state and the police has become silent spectators in the face of attacks by Trinamool Congress members on BJP activists.”