Within hours of Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyaya raising the matter concerning the “death threat” received by him in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, his leader and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that he was being targeted for raising the issue of “intolerance” within and outside Parliament, adding that this was nothing short of “political vendetta”.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Bandopadhyaya said he received the threat through an SMS on Monday night.
The chief minister said she had instructed Bandopadhyaya to forcefully raise the “intolerance” issue in Parliament. “They are threatening to kill Sudip in Delhi and dispose of his body in Kolkata. This is nothing but intolerance,” she said.
“What kind of vendetta is this? Sudip da is getting death threats for being vocal in Parliament. Every party has the right to speak on any issue. Voices cannot be muzzled in a democracy,” she added.
Saying political leaders and artists were being silenced and intolerance was rising, Banerjee added, “If they do not want the Opposition to speak, let them impose Emergency.”