Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that the West Bengal police, in connivance with the state government, was trying to wipe out evidence of statue desecration in Kolkata. Addressing a rally in Mathurapur, Modi said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was, "frustrated over her imminent defeat", and has threatened to put him behind bars after the general election.
"It was the TMC goons who were involved in vandalism. They were the ones to desecrate the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. The police officers are trying to wipe out evidence of the incident to protect the TMC goons. The TMC and their goons have made Bengal a hell," he claimed
Those involved in the act of vandalizing the statue should be given exemplary punishment, he insisted.
"Didi has resorted to threats. Today in the morning I received the threat of being sent to jail. Yesterday I saw in media that Didi had threatened to take over BJP's office, she is also threatening to take over homes of BJP workers.
"There is a problem here regarding Durga puja and Saraswati puja, saying Jai Sri Ram has become a crime. People of Bengal were troubled by these things since a few years, who brought these issues on a national platform?Which party has become voice of Bengal today, it's BJP."
Kolkata witnessed widespread violence on Tuesday during BJP president Amit Shah's massive road show. A bust of 19th century Bengali reformer and polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was desecrated during the clashes.
"Didi has lost her cool in the face of imminent defeat. She has become so frustrated that she is threatening me that she will put me behind bars," he said. Taking a dig at Banerjee's nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, Modi also said that the "aunt-nephew jodi is only interested in looting Bengal". PTI