TMC seeks immediate arrest of Varshney, lodges FIR

BJP speaking the language of IS, says Adhir
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
12 Apr 2017

The Trinamool Congress (AITC) today demanded immediate arrest of Yogesh Varshney, the BJP Yuba Morcha leader from Aligarh who declared a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on the head of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

That a police action was imminent became evident today when a written complaint against this outrageous statement was lodged with Kalighat police station by a leader of the TMC Mahila Morcha. Minister for education Partha Chatterjee also said that DGP West Bengal police Surajit Kar Purokayastha had taken a decision (regarding action) in this regard. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has gone to Murshidabad to preside over administrative meetings to take stock of developmental programmes there and also to address rallies, reacted sharply to the threat to her life. ``Nobody can destroy the social fabric of the state. They can try, they can make an attempt to kill me, they can also spread calumny against me, but they cannot polarise the people of the state on religious lines.  We are a secular country and we do not get frightened by any sort of intimidation.” Mamata said at a public rally at Domkal in Murshidabad.

Meanwhile in Kolkata Partha Chatterjee said: “We demand arrest of the leader on criminal charges. There have been many attempts on Mamata's life since 1990’s.  Trinamool workers are ready to sacrifice their lives for Mamata Banerjee”. However the BJP tried to dissociate itself from the statement of Varshney. Said Dilip Ghosh, state BJP president,'' We condemn the remark of Varshney. This is totally unacceptable to us.  But at the same time our question is, why Mamata Banerjee remained silent when Barkati (Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque) announced fatwas against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP general secretary and observer for West Bengal also slammed the statement.  "We do not endorse this kind of statement from a BJP leader. This is entirely his personal view.” However political leaders of all hues as well as intellectuals of all parties condemned the incident and said that it was not desirable for any leader to speak such language. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, MP and West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President said: “BJP is hand in glove with the ISIS and thus they are speaking the ISIS language. This is not the culture of India.”
On the other hand Md Salim, CPI(M) MP, said: "We condemn the statement made by Varshey. How could the BJP leader make such comment while there was a secret understanding between TMC and BJP.”

Intellectuals who made a comment on this issue included litterateur Nabaneeta Dev Sen and filmmaker Gautam Ghosh. Said Sen: “I am dumbfounded. This is totally unacceptable and people should condemn it unitedly.” Echoed Ghosh: "Who are these people making such comment? Everybody should come forward to denounce this kind of statement.''