After the attack on BJP President JP Nadda’s car in West Bengal on Thursday, the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has summoned state Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) over the law and order situation in the state, according to reports by ANI news agency.
The West Bengal Chief Secretary however wrote to Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asking for officers to be dispensed with, saying that the state already is looking into the matter.
Trinamool Congress(TMC) MP Kalyan Banerjee meanwhile in a news conference on Friday said that Nadda was accompanied by armed men. Banerjee was referring to Rakesh Singh, alleging he has 55 criminal cases against him.
“Rakesh Singh was seen making bad gestures to the Trinamool party workers. He is a convict question is why was a criminal in MR nadda S convoy who was providing the crowd. Why were so many cars in the convoy? Mr. Nadda broke the law and the letter sent is unconstitutional.” Said Kalyan Banerjee. “We vehemently protest such unconstitutional acts and roaming around with criminals.” He added.
“They have to answer why so many cars and bikes were present in the convoy. Total three cases have been registered. One against Rakesh Singh and two cases registered for vandalism. 7 people have been arrested already. No incident took place in diamond harbour.” Said Banerjee while dening allegations of an attack on Nadda’s convoy.
Banerjee also called the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) move of summoning West Bengal Director General of Police and Chief Secretary as unconstitutional even as the State Chief Secretary has written to Union Home Secretary asking to dispense with the officers. The letter says that the matter is already being investigated by the state administration.
“The home department cannot call Chief Secretary and DGP, there is no law. We ask how can the home Department call both these officers? They are breaking the federal structure.” Added Banerjee.
While West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar submitted a report on the incident to the MHA earlier in the day, he also condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comments on JP Nadda on Thursday at a rally where she mocked the BJP President and asked her to apologize.
“I take a very serious note of the statement that emanated from Chief Minister. How can a responsible Chief Minister believing in rule of law, believing in Constitution, talked the way she did. I tweeted, I urge the CM, madam please reflect. And withdraw that video. She is a symbol of struggle. She is a senior leader. She is in the second term of Chief Ministership.” Said the Governor.
“What happened was most unfortunate. I once again make an appeal to her to withdraw her video with an apology. This will raise her stature. The local MLA and the MP appealing to them, political events come and go let’s not ravage and ruin democracy.” Added Governor Dhankhar.
Mamata had said at a rally, “They (BJP) has no other work. At times Home Minister is here, other times its Chaddha, Nadda, Fadda, Bhaddha is here. When they’ve no audience, they call their workers for doing Nautanki.”
The West Bengal Police had tweeted on Thursday to clarify. “Shri JP Nadda, National President, BJP reached safely at the venue, Diamond Harbour, South 24 Pgs. Nothing happened to his convoy. Few bystanders at Debipur, Falta PS, Diamond Harbour PD, sporadically and suddenly threw stones towards vehicles trailing long behind his convoy.”
BJP Chief JP Nadda’s convoy was allegedly attacked by TMC supporters on way to a party organizational meeting at Diamond Harbour road on Thursday, which included other cars of BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and BJP State President Dilip Ghosh.