BJP chief JP Nadda on Thursday launched an attack on the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing her of having an “anti-Hindu mindset and spawning political violence in the state, which has claimed the lives of over 100 BJP workers”.

“When the entire country was watching the ‘bhoomi pujan’ (of Ram temple in Ayodhya), Mamata Banerjee imposed a lockdown in West Bengal on August 5 to prevent people from being part of the occasion at the local level,” JP Nadda said.

“In sharp contrast, lockdown was withdrawn due to Bakrid. This shows that the state government’s policies are driven by an anti-Hindu mindset and appeasement politics,” PTI quoted Nadda as saying.

“In 2011, we had a 2% vote share in Bengal with 4 seats. In 2014, we got 2 seats but vote share rose to 18%. In 2019, we got a vote share of 40%. We have to continue at the same speed and in the coming elections, we’ve to defeat TMC,” he said during the poll campaign for West Bengal elections.

He also mentioned the recent vandalism incident at the Visva-Bharati University campus.

“Even Rabindranath Tagore’s legacy was sullied by TMC-backed land mafia at Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan,” he said.

BJP chief also brought up the recent spate of political killings in the state and questioned why the “champions of democracy” were silent on the “death of more than 100 BJP activists”.

He also accused Mamata Banerjee of becoming “a barrier between the people of Bengal and good schemes that would benefit the needy”.