Bharatiya Janata Party supporters chanted “Jai Shri Ram” at an event organized at Victoria memorial when the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee was about to speak to mark Neta ji Subash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary on Sunday. There is a new turn in the events after Banerjee refused to speak as the crowd interrupted her again and again.
According to sources and report published on NDTV’s website, it has been reported that BJP had cornered invites of Ministry of Cultural Affairs event to the workers of the party. As the party workers were invited in large numbers, it led to heckling of Banerjee in poll-bound West Bengal.
According to sources, the BJP supporters were present in disproportionate numbers. NDTV said the BJP leaders didn’t respond to this after it tried contacting them for their version.
Sources cited by the NDTV said each BJP MP was given 300 to 400 cards. Sources said that there were 30 BJP leaders managing the crowd. This raises questions as to why BJP leaders were given responsibility of managing the crowds.
Former MLA and spokesman, Samik Bhattacharya said that “Jai Shree Ram” slogan was chanted out of love by the people but he said they don’t support such slogans to be raised at an event when the Chief Minister was about to speak.
Kailash Vijayvargia and Dilip Ghosh however, attacked Banerjee over her refusal of continuing the speech. According to sources, the BJP leaders believe that the Victoria Memorial perhaps have a negative impact on the urban vote bank but their rural vote bank seems to be appeased after the chants.
The Trinamool Congress leaders are thinking of making the heckling of CM by chanting of slogans as a war cry in the poll bound state. Abhishek Banerjee, a Trinamool MP said, “When the chief minister rose to speak, she was insulted.” The leaders of Trinamool are also alleging that as the Prime Minister was present on the event but he didn’t utter a single word and kept mum.
Written By: Garima Arora