Shah’s speech may incite violence: Opp

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 13:08 IST

With BJP national president Amit Shah stating that the party is ready to counter Trinamool Congress’s force with force, political circles in Bengal predict more violence in the state.

If the Trinamool Congress wants to respond to the rising support for BJP with force, the BJP will counter it with force, Shah emphatically stated on Tuesday while addressing a crowd in Burdwan, a district marked by sporadic clashes between the two parties.

On Wednesday, a day after Shah’s rally in Burdwan, Trinamool Congress MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee upped the political ante. “There will be a fight between 10 crore people of Bengal and Rahul Sinha (BJP president). Our workers will lay down their lives but not leave one inch of political space,” said Abhishek Banerjee.

Meanwhile, political circles fear more violence in the districts in the coming days as clashes between the two parties could intensify.

“BJP is a party that talks of violence. People of Bengal will see more trouble now. Already, there are clashes in the districts which will increase after such rhetoric,” said Sujan Chakraborty, state secretariat member of CPI(M).

The CPI(M) leader stated that BJP is speaking on the same language as the Trinamool Congress. “The Trinamool Cong ress is depending on violence and so is the BJP. Meanwhile, the people of Bengal have been caught in between the two parties,” added Chakraborty.

Chakraborty highlighted that Trinamool Congress breakaways are mainly joining the BJP and fighting with their former party. State Congress leaders strongly condemned Shah’s remark and stated that it is unbecoming from a national leader to incite violence indirectly.

“There already had been clashes in the districts. If further clashes take place, we will think that it is leaders like Shah who are responsible. We do not expect such statements from a national leader, which may indirectly or directly incite violence. I hope Shah retracts or contradicts his statements in his next rally,” said Pradip Bhattacharjee, former Congress state president.

“People of Bengal have seen enough violence. No more violence should take place. Already, no new investment is coming to Bengal and those industries which are here should not leave because of the violence,” added Bhattacharjee.

“I want to tell Mamata Banerjee, BJP is ready to counter sangharsh with sangharsh. Mamataji, you cannot stop BJP by raining atrocities. A women’s hand was slashed with blades. Let me assure the BJP workers that the party will be beside you. There is nothing to fear,” said Shah, highlighting the recent cases of violence and clashes against party workers across districts of Bengal.

As the party boss professed unstinted support, the crowd cheered lustily.

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