New Delhi, May 15: A day after violence erupted in Kolkata during the roadshow of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, Trinamool Congress on Wednesday termed BJP chief as a "liar" after he said he would not have escaped unhurt without CRPF protection.
At a press conference here, TMC senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O' Brien, who was flanked by Sukhendu Roy, Manish Gupta and Nadim-ul Haque, said, "Mr Amit Shah is a liar. I will not say anything more than that. We salute the independent journalists in India who can come to their own conclusion. There are videos which are proofs... These are no allegations but proofs. The goons which were brought from Bihar and Jharkhand they even don't know who Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was?."
He also alleged that the people who were involved in destroying Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue, were brought from the neighbouring states of Jharkhand and Bihar."Anybody can come and take out a procession, but what were the outsiders doing....Who is this fellow Tajjinder Bagga? Who is he? He was arrested, is he not the same guy who slapped somebody in Delhi? You have taken your outsider goons," Mr O' Brien said.
During the press conference, the TMC leaders showed two videos in which members of saffron brigade were seen destroying the statue of Bengal icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
"We have two more pictures to show, this is to do with the elections, we have nothing personally against the Central forces, we have two startling pictures to expose what we have been saying that the Central forces are in cahoots with the BJP in Bengal," Mr O' Brien said.
"The BJP is keeping the goons in hotels in West Bengal. They have brought people from Bihar, Jharkhand and various other places. They are bringing them and putting them up in hotels and private houses and a large number of such people were seen in the incidents yesterday. They also beat up the policemen," Rajya Sabha MP Manish Gupta said.The TMC leaders also accused the Central forces of being involved in seeking votes for the BJP nominees in the state.
"The CAPF indulged into whisper campaign for BJP, they asked people to vote for BJP candidates. In this regard, we have already complained to the Election Commission thrice. It would be our fourth complaint to the EC,” O' Brien added. The TMC leaders will also meet the Election Commission later.
In reply to a question, the TMC leader said, "Roadshow was supposed to be a roadshow. You have a permission for a roadshow you didn't have permission to put up posters on government buildings. So the EC removed that and not the West Bengal government. The EC removed those banners and hoardings because you are not suppose to put them up on government buildings. Amit Shah is trying to cover up. He is a con master."
The last phase of Lok Sabha elections will be held on May 19. Out of 42 seats in the state, polling on 33 seats has already been held and the remaining nine seats will go to polls in the final phase. (UNI)