Strengthening its attack on the BJP over the desecration of a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress on May 15 released videos to claim that BJP goons damaged the statue.
Trinamool Parliamentary team comprising Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Manish Gupta, Nadimul Haque also met the Election Commission over the issue and submitted “proof” in support of their claim.
In an interview TMC leader Derek O’Brien said that “The video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves that its chief Amit Shah is a liar and ‘dhokebaaz.”
He added “TMC will submit the videos it has to the poll panel and is authenticating them on record. The streets of Kolkata are tinged with shock and anger. What happened yesterday hurt Bengali pride.”
O’Brien said “It is a childish argument to ask who had the keys to the gate? The video establishes beyond doubt who desecrated the statue.”Claiming his party has as many as 44 videos to support its claims.
The party also showed a video and WhatsApp message allegedly by a BJP supporter asking people to come to Shah’s roadshow with rods and arms to fight the TMC and police.
One of the videos shows a group of men purportedly trying to break down the gate of the Vidyasagar college and enter the campus by jumping over its walls.