The BJP will send 10 lakh post cards with “Jai Shri Ram” written on them to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. According to newly elected BJP MP Arjun Singh, this move was intended to add salt to the ruling TMC’s wounds after a bruising performance in Lok Sabha polls.
“We have decided to send 10 lakh post cards with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ written on them to the chief minister’s residence,” he added. Singh, a former Trinamool Congress MLA who joined the BJP before the general election, said this after police lathicharged a group of saffron party workers who were chanting “Jai Shri Ram” during a demonstration outside a property where TMC leaders were holding a meeting.
TMC leaders had assembled in Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas district to chalk out a strategy to retake party offices taken over allegedly by BJP workers, Trinamool sources said. Kanchrapara comes under Singh’s Barrackpore parliamentary constituency.
However, TMC leader and state minister Jyotipriya Mallick claimed Singh and Subhrangshu Roy, BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son who quit TMC and joined the saffron party on Tuesday, had conspired to incite trouble in the area.
Police sources said those gathered outside the meeting venue raised slogans and alleged that the presence of Mallick and other TMC leaders like Madan Mitra, Tapas Roy and Sujit Bose was detrimental to peace in the area.
Police and Rapid Action Force personnel first tried to persuade the protesters but later restored to lathicharge when the situation started to slip out of their hands, the sources said. “This is unprecedented. We had not seen this culture in Bengal. This is the culture of the BJP,” Mallick said.