PM Narendra Modi in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, has squarely placed the blame on the desecration of Vidyasagar's bust in Kolkata during Amit Shah's rally on the ruling Trinamool Congress party.
"We saw hooliganism by TMC workers again during Bhai Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata. They vandalized Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar's statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar's vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot," Modi said.
The PM also accused the TMC of hooliganism during his rally in Mednipur, Bengal. "Some months back during my rally in West Medinipur, TMC goons indulged in hooliganism. After this in Thakurnagar the situation was such that I had to cut short my speech and was forced to leave the stage."
On Mamata's statement that the BJP had called in workers from outside West Bengal, Modi said, "I had thought the way Mamata didi is targeting UP-Bihar Purvanchal people, calling them outsiders for her politics, Behen Mayawati will surely slam Mamata didi, but this did not happen."
In fact, the BSP chief has come on record and accused the Election Commission of India of acting under pressure from the Central government, a day after the poll body cut short the campaign period in West Bengal by a day.
Questioning the timing of the campaign ban, Mayawati claimed the EC was being accommodative of the Prime Minister's rallies in the state.