Referring to the backlash after the statute of the 19th Century reformer Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was broken into pieces at Amit Shah’s mega rally in Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to install a ‘grand statue’ of the freedom fighter at the same location. TMC and BJP have been accusing each other of vandalizing the statue of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, which holds immense emotional value for the people of the state.
While addressing an election rally in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister said, “We saw hooliganism by TMC workers again during Bhai Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. Such people should face strong action.”
He continued, “We are committed to Vidyasagar’s vision and will install his grand statue made of panchdhatyu (five metals) at the same spot.”
A senior TMC leader, Derek O-Brien has promptly replied with a rage-field Twitter post.
The statue of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was broken on the campus of Vidyasagar College, which was the route of Mr. Shah’s roadshow on May 14.
Clashes broke out when students holding up posters of “Go Back Amit Shah” were attacked by BJP supporters with sticks. Video footage released by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s TMC show that attackers breaking the college gates and entered the premises. However, it is not clearly established, which political parties the attackers belongs to.
Mr. Shah accused that CM Banerjee had her own party men break the bust to pin and laid the blame on BJP workers, ahead of the seventh round of Lok Sabha Polls in West Bengal. Kolkata has 2 of 9 constituencies, which will vote in 42-seats on May 19.
On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India has restricted the election campaign in West Bengal over the violence and claims 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.”