Wednesday, 15 May 2019
The smashing of a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in clashes during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday has set off a whodunit where 'proof' - video clips and photographs - is flying from both sides, the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.
Amit Shah said Trinamool activists attacked his roadshow and it was Mamata Banerjee who had the Vidyasagar bust broken as part of a "conspiracy" to blame the BJP ahead of the last round of voting for the national election.The statue was broken at the Vidyasagar College, which was on the route of the BJP president's rally.
"The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue," Amit Shah questioned at a press conference in Delhi, displaying photographs."Who gave the key? The people of Bengal need to know."The BJP chief also claimed his party workers were far from the gate of the Vidyasagar College.