A BJP delegation on Thursday met Election Commission (EC) officials seeking action against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah “awwal darje ke goonde” (goons of the highest order).
“We met the election officials and urged them to act against Mamata Banerjee. She has called the Prime Minister and our party President ‘do goonde’ (two goons). This is violation of social decency as well of the model code of conduct (MCC). We have demanded immediate action against her,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told the media here.
The delegation, led by Javadekar, comprised Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni.
“Do goonde hai, ek Modi aur ek Amit Shah. Dono awwal darje ke goonde hai. (There are two goons. One is Modi and the other is Amit Shah. Both are goons of the highest order),” Banerjee had reportedly said on Tuesday after visiting the Vidyasagar College where a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised following violent clashes during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata.
The BJP leaders also demanded detention of history-sheeters ahead of the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state on Sunday.
“Until they (history-sheeters) are arrested, polling cannot be held peacefully. The Election Commission needs to take appropriate action,” Javadekar said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not recognize him as her Prime Minister. Instead she treats the Pakistan Prime Minister as her Prime Minister.
Addressing a rally in Mau in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said: “Those who are singing the tune of ‘Modi hatao’ are now becoming desperate. The expletives used against me by the opposition are increasing by the day.
“The West Bengal Chief Minister does not acknowledge me as Prime Minister – she believes that Pakistan Prime Minister is her Prime Minister. I am going to West Bengal today and will tell the nation about the kind of anarchy that has been spread there.”
Modi said that if Didi (Mamata) had her way, she would not even allow his helicopter to land or his rally to take place. Her party workers disrupted the roadshow of BJP President Amit Shah and vandalized the statue of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, he stated.
Lashing out at the SP-BSP alliance, the Prime Minister said, “This is an opportunistic alliance which was forged in an air-conditioned room in Lucknow. These leaders are cut off from ground realities and have forgotten their party workers.”
He said the nation knew that the ‘Modi hatao’ slogan was just an excuse and the real purpose was to hide their corruption.
“Those with 8 seats, 10 seats and 30 seats are now aspiring to become the Prime Minister but they do not know that the country has decided “Phir ek baar, Modi sarkaar”, he added.
Modi \promised a “grand statue” of 19th century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the same spot where his bust was vandalized in Kolkata.
A bust of Vidyasagar had been vandalized during the violence that took place during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress have been blaming each other for the incident.
The Prime Minister said” “We saw hooliganism by Trinamool Congress workers again during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata. They vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. Such people should face strong action.”
Acknowledging the fact that Vidyasagar has immense emotional value for the people of Bengal, he said: “We will install the statue made of ‘panch dhatu’ (five metals) at the same place where the earlier status was installed. We are committed to Vidyasagar’s vision.”
The Election Commission, which has curtailed campaigning in Bengal, has said it was “deeply anguished at the vandalism done to the statue” of an icon who, “besides his many other achievements as a philosopher, academic educator, writer and philanthropist, worked all his life in the cause of widow remarriage which was unthought and unheard of in the ultraconservative society in those days”.
The Prime Minister also took a dig at the SP-BSP alliance and said that ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections had been given to one who was absconding after being booked for rape.
“SP has this history in UP, people know, but Behenji will you seek votes for such candidates?” he asked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati.