West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee injured during her campaign trail at Nandigram in Purba Medinipur.
Addressing the Nandigram rally, Mamata Banerjee had said that the BJP is in a competition of Hindutva in the state. She went on to read the Chandi Path but was seen fumbling many times as she tried to connect the slokas. The BJP took the opportunity hands-on and tweeted her video claiming that she read the slokas wrong. The saffron party said that Banerjee should stick to reciting the kalma. “Mamata Banerjee should stick to reciting kalma and not pretend to be a Hindu… it is too late now to wash the sins of brazen minority appeasement of last 10 years,” said the BJP.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who filed her nomination from Nandigram today, has reportedly suffered a leg and chest injury. The incident took place around 6.15 pm on March 10, when Banerjee was about to leave Birulia Bazar area near Reyapara after offering prayers at a local temple.
She alleged that after coming out of the temple, as she was about to get into her car, four or five people suddenly pushed her. Her right leg got trapped in the car door and she fell down, she said. Police said Banerjee fell down due to an altercation in the crowd that had gathered around her.
Claiming it to be a “conspiracy”, the CM said she was standing near her car after visiting a temple in Nandigram when the incident happened, adding that no police were present in the area.
“Not even one police officer was present. 4-5people intentionally manhandled me in presence of the public. No local police present during the program, not even SP. It is definitely a conspiracy,” said Mamata Banerjee.
Mamata Banarjee was supposed to stay the night in Nandigram in the Purba Medinipur district. Following the alleged attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Trinamool Congress, today postponed the release of its manifesto for the West Bengal polls.
But soon after the incident, the Chief Minister complained of chest pain, following which she was rushed to SSKM Hospital by road through a green corridor. By the time she reached the hospital at 9.42 pm, a large number of party leaders and workers had gathered there, shouting anti-BJP slogans.
The Election Commission has sought a report on the incident.
Accusing the EC of acting “as per orders” of the BJP leaders, the TMC delegation, after meeting the EC officials, alleged that the “Election Commission did nothing despite there being reports of a possible attack on Banerjee”.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has slammed the Election Commission (EC)for failing to provide proper security to Banerjee, who was injured during a poll campaign in Nandigram, and said the EC can’t shun responsibility as it is in charge of the law-and-order situation in the poll-bound West Bengal.
Claiming that the attack was a “deep-rooted conspiracy to take the life of the TMC supremo”, the TMC leaders said anti-social elements have been mobilised from the neighbouring states by the BJP in Nandigram to unleash violence.
“The law-and-order situation in Bengal was good. But, after the announcement of elections, law and order become the responsibility of the Election Commission. The Election Commission removed Director General of Police (DGP) of the state police, and the very next day she was attacked,” TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said.
State minister and senior Trinamool leader Subrata Mukherjee said: “Many people don’t want her to campaign for the elections. They want her to be removed from their path. That is why she has been attacked by goons. People will give a befitting reply.”
Earlier today, Purba Medinipur District Police registered a case over an attack on Banerjee following a complaint lodged by TMC leader Shiekh Sufian. A team of district officials including Purba Medinipur District Magistrate Vibhu Goel and SP Praveen Prakash among others visited Birulia Bazar in Nandigram where Banerjee was allegedly attacked and was injured. The senior district officials inquired about the incident and spoke to eye-witnesses. The officers also looked for any CCTV installed in the area to ascertain the exact sequence of events.
The Reaction of BJP:
A delegation of the BJP also met EC officials earlier in the day and demanded a thorough probe into the incident in which Banerjee got injured in Nandigram the previous day.
Terming the alleged attack on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as a “matter of humanity”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Locket Chatterjee on Thursday requested a high-level probe in the matter, adding that the party does not want any politics over it.
“How did the incident take place under surveillance of Z+ security? We request a high-level investigation. We do not want politics over this; this is a matter of humanity,” Chatterjee said.
West Bengal BJP vice president Arjun Singh alleged that Mamata staged the incident to garner sympathy. “Is it Taliban that her convoy was attacked? A huge police force accompanies her. Police clear road for one kilometre wherever she goes. Who can get near her? Four IPS officers are her security in charge and must be suspended? Attackers don’t appear out of nowhere, they’ve to be nabbed. She did drama for sympathy,” Singh said.
BJP delegation comprising of Sabyasachi Dutta & Shishir Bajoria meets EC officers in Kolkata. “We’re shocked to see CM was injured while in Nandigram wherein she has alleged that she was pushed by some people. We request that a detailed inquiry is ordered,” their memorandum reads.
BJP’s West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh demands CBI probe
BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh has demanded a CBI probe into the alleged attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He said that it needs to be seen whether the incident was a “well-scripted drama” to garner votes. Speaking to reporters, Ghosh said, “It needs to be probed what actually happened. How come a Z-plus protectee gets attacked is a matter that has to be looked into. The state should order a CBI probe to bring out the truth.”
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta tweeted: “We pray for @MamataOfficial speedy recovery from her foot injury. If she requires additional Central security, the Home Ministry will certainly provide it.”
The Reaction of The Left Front:
CPM politburo member Md. Selim demanded an impartial investigation. “This is not the first time. In the past, many times, she has made up this type of story. People will not believe her,” he said.
The Left-led opposition grand alliance on Wednesday fielded CPI(M)’s Minakshi Mukherjee from the high-stakes Nandigram seat where she will fight the upcoming assembly elections against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is the TMC candidate, and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. The election in Nandigram is being watched closely as Banerjee takes on her former aide, Adhikari, in a high-pitched battle.
Mukherjee was announced as the Left-Congress-ISF alliance candidate by Left Front chairman Biman Bose at a press conference.
The Reaction of Congress:
The Congress Wednesday spoke in two voices on the alleged attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram after she filed her nomination papers. Congress says Mamata Banerjee is doing it for public sympathy
State Congress president and party leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “This is nothing but siyasi pakhand. She is an expert in such siyasi pakhand. When she (Banerjee) has sensed that she is facing difficulties in Nandigram, she thought of such hypocrisy and drama. She is not just Mamata Banerjee…she is the Chief Minister as also the Home Minister… but it is surprising that when she is attacked…there was no police personnel near her…can anybody believe that there was no police personnel present with Bengal’s Home Minister.”
“There is police everywhere in Nandigram. They have thrown a security cordon…And there are CCTV cameras everywhere where she is staying in Nandigram…and in that scenario…some 3-4 youths have managed to push her…and she has sustained injuries in the leg… can anybody believe it?” he asked.
Chowdhury then added that Banerjee is trying to gain people’s sympathy by indulging in such a “nautanki (drama)”.
If there is a conspiracy, call CBI, NIA, CID, or form an SIT. Why don’t you (Mamata Banerjee) do it? Making an excuse of conspiracy, you want to get public sympathy. Where were the police, CCTV? Take out CCTV footage and the truth will come out: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress.
A day after West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee recited ‘Chandi Path’ during her rally in Nandigram, Congress today criticised her for taking the BJP’s Hindutva route for electoral victory. Senior Congress Leader and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today said that Banerjee is trying to prove that she’s a Brahmin. “It is the first time Mamata Banerjee is trying to prove that she’s a Brahmin. Earlier, she used to say that she wears a hijab, prays, and protects Muslims. Now she has changed. After BJP came to West Bengal, she is now trying to prove that she’s no less ‘Hindutvavadi’ than the BJP,” said Adhir Chowdhury.
However, senior party leader Anand Sharma said he was concerned over the attack and wished the Chief Minister “a speedy recovery”. Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Milind Deora too condemned the attack. While Tewari said “violence has no place in politics”, Deora said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee released a video statement from the SSKM Hospital saying that she will soon return to the election campaign. She said that she will use a wheelchair if needed. The CM also urged supporters to maintain peace and not to take any steps which may create trouble for others. She said that she has suffered a bone fracture and ligament injury during yesterday’s ‘attack’.