Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sharpened his attack against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that she has taken her revenge by provoking her Trinamool Congress workers to resort to violence during Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata.
Speaking on the arson and violence that erupted as TMC and BJP workers clashed at Shah’s rally on Tuesday, PM Modi while addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Basirhat said, “Mamata didi had declared publicly two days ago that she will take revenge. She fulfilled her agenda within 24 hours”.
Reiterating Amit Shah’s statement after the riots, PM Modi said Mamata Banerjee is high on power and is attempting to strangle democracy.
He said Mamata was committing a grave mistake by misusing power and making people her slaves.
Further attacking the Bengal CM, the Prime Minister said Banerjee was “frustrated” at the way the BJP was gaining acceptance in the state adding that she was “scared of her own shadow”.
The Prime Minister also targeted Mamata on the chit fund scams saying that she was exploiting the poor and protecting the corrupt.
“And when the people of West Bengal asked you for an account, you came out on the streets spreading violence and arson,” he said.
PM Modi further said that with support from the people of Bengal, BJP will cross 300 seats in the General Elections.
Earlier on Tuesday, BJP and TMC supporters fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive roadshow by Amit Shah.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal.
The violence erupted as Shah’s convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties.
Several motorcycles parked outside were vandalised and set ablaze.
Shards of broken glass littered the lobby of the college where a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a key figure of Bengal Renaissance, was smashed to smithereens.
Contingents of Kolkata Police deployed for the roadshow swung into action and were seen chasing away the warring groups. Several people were also arrested for violence.