One can imagine the horrible situation that Kolkata under Mamata Banerjee has been forced into when a President of National Party had this to say- “It was near impossible for me to escape from the violence had it not been for CRPF that provided the cover.” If this is the kind of violence the ruling party unleashes in the full glare of media in Amit Shah’s roadshow, then what could the fate of an ordinary political activist be in West Bengal if he or she happens to be against TMC?
In spite of asking such questions in the background of Kolkata violence reported on May 14, a section of media, Twitter talking heads and political parties, in a brazen display of victim-blaming, have been working overtime to fix the blame on BJP which is a victim of that violence.
Especially, these groups are blaming student wing ABVP and BJP for the vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust inside Vidyasagar college. They argue that the people who participated in Amit Shah’s roadshow entered the college to do this. As West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her several party persons have changed their social media display picture to that of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar to blame BJP for the incident, many usual suspects have also jumped in to support this narrative.
But there is enough evidence to the contrary to show that it is the student wing of TMC which indulged in the hooliganism, just to blame it on BJP later.
Here are the facts.
- Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust was kept in side the college. The gates were locked. There was no way that the BJP or ABVP activists could go all the way to that room and vandalise the bust.
- Many eye-witness accounts have been saying that the stone throwing started from inside the college where many were protesting against the road show of Amit Shah.
Swapan Dasgupta, BJP MP and a well-known media commentator had this to say in his tweet.
He also posted an eye-witness account from Facebook (written in Bengali originally but translated to English) which points out that one has to pass two gates, one is of iron and another wooden to reach the bust. In such a case where the gates were locked, the group protesting outside can’t reach the bust, which indicates the handiwork of insiders.
BJP President Amit Shah himself, logically takes down the fallacious argument that workers belonged to BJP have harmed the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
He has explained how the violence broke out.
Flaws in BJP-blaming Narrative
There are many video clips being spread, such as the one posted by TMC’s people on social media. But nowhere is there evidence to show that the bust has been vandalised by the people in procession.
Even the newspapers like Telegraph who are outrightly blaming BJP for the vandalization of the bust quote eyewitness accounts that say the attackers can’t be identified. Then, how can the paper blame BJP or ABVP members in its report?
The desperation in peddling the narrative against BJP is so evident, that the people who claim themselves a writer but can’t spell Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s name properly, have also started lecturing and putting blame on BJP with wild theories.
But all these narrative peddlers do not offer an answer to the point that the BJP president raised in his press conference today. He said, “BJP is contesting not just in West Bengal but across the nation including the states ruled by various opposition parties. But only in West Bengal violence has been unleashed both in campaigning and at the time of polling which clearly states that the problem is solely with the Trinamool Congress and not with the BJP”.