Kolkata: In an all-out attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday referred to the Trinamool Congress supremo as an “intolerant”.
Nadda launched the political attack on Banerjee during an address on the first of his two-day visit to the poll-bound state.
Quoting late Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the leader of BJP’s predecessor Bharatiya Janata Sangh, Nadda said, “If we look at Mamata Banerjee, we see intolerance. Intolerance, thy name is Mamata. She is the other name of intolerance. The exchange of thoughts and ideologies is the beauty of a democracy,” as quoted by India Today.
“West Bengal was known for its tolerance but now we are seeing how intolerance is increasing,” he added.
Besides attacking the Trinamool, Nadda has set the BJP’s political tone for the upcoming assembly elections claiming the saffron party will win more than 200 of 294 seats.
“We had four per cent votes in 2011. In 2014, we won only two seats but had 18 (17) per cent votes. In 2019, we won 18 seats and our vote percentage shot up to 40 per cent. In the 2021 polls, the BJP will win more than 200 seats to form the government here,” the confident BJP chief said.
Clashes Erupt In South 24 Parganas
Clashes have erupted in South 24 Parganas district ahead of Nadda’s visit.
BJP has claimed that TMC has attacked the party town president Surajit Haldar, hours before the scheduled visit of BJP’s national president JP Nadda.
The clashes broke out when party workers were putting flags and banners in the area when a group of miscreants, who allegedly were TMC workers attacked them with firearms near Diamond Harbor New Pole.
Surajit Haldar, BJP town president said, “We were putting flags and banners ahead of the visit of JP Nadda Ji when a group of at least 100 TMC workers attacked us. They have beaten us badly. They also warned me that they will shoot me dead if I didn’t stop this. 10-12 of our workers have been injured.”
Several BJP workers, including Surajit, have been taken to Diamond Harbor District Hospital.
On the other hand, TMC has denied the allegations.
Nadda will visit TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s parliamentary constituency in Diamond Harbour and will hold various public programs at Radio Station Ground, Diamond Harbour today.