The Home Ministry has summoned West Bengal’s Chief Secretary and police chief on Monday for the attack on the convoy of BJP chief JP Nadda on Thursday. The Governor of Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar also submitted his report on the law and order status of the state to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the latter sought it with immediate effect after the attack.
“Both chief secretary and Director General of Police have been summoned on December 14 over the deteriorating law and order situation,” a senior home ministry official told the media.
The Home Minister has also asked for a report from the Bengal government calling such incidents as “sponsored violence”. Mr. Nadda’s convoy was attacked with bricks, stones, and sticks near Kolkata. While some leaders sustained injuries and cars were damaged in the incident, the BJP said it was the handiwork of supporters of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.
The Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also likely to travel to Kolkata on December 19 and 20. The BJP party picked up cudgels this time to take on the Mamata Banerjee government aggressively over the incident.
Mamata cries foul, says it was a staged attack
On the other hand, the WB Chief Minister has accused the BJP of staging the attack and falsely accusing her party men. She says that it is part of a larger political conspiracy in the run-up to the Bengal election due in six months.
The untoward incident happened when Mr. Nadda’s convoy was on its way to Diamond Harbour, the parliamentary constituency of the Chief Minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Their cars were attacked with rocks and sticks by a mob allegedly of Trinamool supporters. The BJP said its leaders like Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy were hurt.
Amit Shah profusely condemned the attack on the convoy and took to his Twitter handle and said, “Bengal has descended into an era of tyranny, anarchy, and darkness under the Trinamool rule. How political violence has been institutionalized and brought to the extreme in West Bengal under TMC rule is sad and worrying.”