Mamata Banerjee issues veiled warning to BJP
June 6, 2019
Taking a swipe at the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her party, the Trinamool Congress will not hesitate to protect the idea of 'Hindustan'. She asserted that anyone who clashes with her party would be "shattered to pieces.
Banerjee made these comments during an iftar party.
Hindus stand for renunciation, Muslims for integrity, Christians for love and Sikhs for sacrifice. This is our beloved Hindustan and we will protect it. Those who clash with us will be shattered into pieces. - Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister
She also said, "There is nothing to be scared. Sometimes when the sun rises, its rays are very harsh but later it fades away. Don't be scared, the faster they captured EVMs, the quicker they will go away".
The BJP has made inroads into West Bengal in the recent Lok Sabha elections, where it won 18 out of 42 seats. The Trinamool Congress has since increased its efforts to prevent losing its support base. Banerjee's statements come one day after her nephew Abhishek Banerjee mocked the BJP's new "Jai Maha Kali slogan.
The inclusion of "Jai Maha Kali has led to charges from the Trinamool that the BJP is a party of outsiders and does not understand the culture of Bengal.
Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress leader was murdered on Tuesday and the footage was captured on CCTV leading to a blame game between the party and the BJP. Nirmal Kundu was shot dead at in north Kolkata. Kundu was talking to some people at a tea stall when two people on a motorcycle drove past and shot him twice.
The Trinamool Congress accused the BJP of murdering Kundu, while West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh pinned the charges on internal fights in the Trinamool Congress.
The BJP says that 60 of its party workers were killed during the panchayat polls in West Bengal last year.