KOLKATA:The West Bengal BJP on Tuesday demanded the arrest of Abhishek Banerjee, a TMC Lok Sabha member and nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, following his threat to gouge out the eyes of anyone “who dared to glare at” Mamata.
“Attempts are being made to embarrass Mamata. If anyone dares to glare at her, we will gouge out their eyes and throw them on the streets. If anyone shows their hands, we will chop off their hands,” Abhishek said while addressing a TMC public meeting at Basirhat in in North 24 Parganas on Monday evening.
“We have already lodged an FIR at the Jorasanko police station here in connection with Abhishek’s speech threatening to gouge out eyes and chop off hands. He is spreading violence and should be immediately arrested. On Wednesday we will file a suit in the Calcutta High Court against his hate speech,” said state BJP president Rahul Sinha. The BJP has lodged another FIR against him in Basirhat.
Abhishek’s speech, in the presence of ministers Jyotipriyo Mullick and Bratya Basu, drew sharp criticism from all Opposition parties, who also condemned the Chief Minister.
And Siddharth said: “Such violence and dictatorial attitudes are in the DNA of the TMC. Since protest is growing against the TMC, they want to suppress the people by terrorising them with violence. This shows there is no democracy in Bengal under the TMC rule.”