BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday said the West Bengal government has "stooped to a new low" by trying to "malign" the office of the governor in order to "divert" attention from its own failures.
Vijayvargiya also issued a veiled threat to TMC ministers for attacking the governor by saying "those who are involved in scams should not talk much as they will soon go behind bars".
Coming out in support of the state Governor K N Tripathi, Vijayvargiya said, "K N Tripathi is a seasoned politician. He was Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He is well aware of the constitution and its norms.
"The Trinamool Congress is verbally attacking the governor and trying to malign his office in order to divert attention from the communal violence and its failure to control the situation. In doing so, it has stooped to a new low."
His comments comes in the backdrop of the recent war of words that broke out between the governor and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the recent incidents of communal violence in Baduria area of North 24 Parganas district.
"The TMC government, just for the sake of vote bank politics, allowed the incident to happen. In order to appease the minority, the majority community was made to suffer. Had the police taken action on the very first day, things would not have snowballed into such a situation. The police remained a mute spectator," he alleged.
When asked to comment on several ministers of the state government verbally attacking the governor, he said," the ministers and leaders of TMC should not talk much and should think before they speak. Those who are involved in scam should not talk big because they will be soon be going to jails for looting the public money. They will also have to go to jail just like their other colleagues".
Accusing the state police of failing to control the situation, Vijayvargiya, who is also the party's in-charge of West Bengal, had on Tuesday urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene.
West Bengal Food and Supplies minister and TMC president of North 24 Parganas district, Jyotipriyo Mullick, refuted the allegations of Vijayvargiya and accused the BJP and other "Hindu groups" of "fomenting trouble" in the area.