Prime Minister Narendra Modi, acknowledging the massive backlash after a statue of 19th century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was damaged in clashes at Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, promised to put in his “grand statue” on the identical spot. PM Modi’s BJP and Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress have accused one another of vandalising the statue, which has immense emotional worth for the folks of Bengal.
“We noticed hooliganism by TMC employees once more throughout Bhai Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. Such folks ought to face sturdy motion,” PM Modi stated at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau.
“We’re dedicated to Vidyasagar’s imaginative and prescient and can set up his grand statue made from panchdhatu (5 metals) on the identical spot,” pledged the Prime Minister.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit again. “Modi has promised to rebuild the Vidyasagar statue in Kolkata. Why ought to we take their (BJP”s) cash? Bengal has sufficient sources,” Ms Banerjee stated at a rally.
Derek O’Brien, a senior chief of her Trinamool Congress, promptly responded to the PM’s remarks with a rage-filled tweet.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust was damaged on the premises of the Vidyasagar Faculty, which was on the route of Amit Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday night.
Clashes erupted when college students holding up posters of “Go Again Amit Shah” have been attacked by saffron-wearing males armed with sticks, stated to be BJP supporters. Video clips launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s occasion present attackers breaking by way of the gates of the faculty. It isn’t clearly established, nevertheless, which facet the attackers belonged to.
Amit Shah alleged that Mamata Banerjee had her personal occasion males smash the bust to pin the blame on the BJP forward of the final spherical of voting in Bengal. Kolkata has 4 of the 9 constituencies that may vote on Sunday in 42-seat Bengal.
The Election Fee yesterday curtailed campaigning in Bengal over the violence, and stated it was “deeply anguished on the vandalism performed to the statue” of an icon who, “apart from his many different achievements as a thinker, tutorial educator, author and philanthropist, labored all his life in the reason for widow remarriage which was unthought and unparalleled within the ultraconservative society in these days.”