West Bengal: BJP Tamluk Candidate Threatens To Chop Off TMC Minister’s Feet
The Tamluk block administration has filed a complaint against Siddharth Naskar for violating the model code of conduct.
In West Bengal, Tamluk’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Siddharth Naskar had threatened to chop the feet of West Bengal minister Suvendu Adhikari.
Anandabazaar Patrika reported that Naskar, a bhajan singer made the incendiary statement while he was giving a speech at a sit-in agitation in front of the police superintendent’s office. The Tamluk block administration has filed a complaint against Naskar for violating the model code of conduct (MCC).
BJP workers were protesting the arrest of BJP leaders and workers who were accused of attacking police in Moyna and Bakcha in East Medinipur. The agitation lasted from 11 am to 2 pm, and was attended by BJP district coordinator Samiran Saha and district secretary Pradip Das.
Siddharth Naskar reportedly said, “Sisters, brothers and police officers, I have requested authorities not to favour anyone and allow people to vote at least for this election democratically… If you don’t listen to this request and take a single step forward, then I will chop off your elder brother’s feet.”
He added, “If you are Tamluk’s hero, then you are a zero in Kolaghat. And if your elder brother is West Bengal’s hero, then I am an international hero.”
As per Anandabazaar Patrika, political commentators say Naskar was referring to West Bengal Minister in Charge of Transport and Environment Suvendu Adhikari and his brother Tamluk’s Trinamool candidate Dibyendu Adhikari.
Dibyendu has reportedly said the comments made by Nashkar were inflammatory. He told Anandabazaar Patrika, “We will approach the election commission to act against him.”
Additional superintendent of police Shibaprasad Patra told the daily, “MCC team was present on site. They will lodge a complaint after examining the incident. We will take action only after receiving their report.”
East Medinipur district magistrate Partho Ghosh said, “The block administration has lodged a complaint with the police for violation of MCC rules at the sit-in agitation.”
Siddhartha Naskar later told the newspaper, “I made those statements as I was excited. I know I should not have said that.”
However, he tried to defend his comments by reportedly saying, “In this state, BJP leaders and party workers are being arrested without any reason. Innocent mothers and sisters are being abused just for supporting BJP. Seeing all this, how long can I stay silent?”
Speaking about the MCC complaint lodged against Naskar, BJP district secretary Pradip Das told Anandabazaar Patrika, “We had feared the state administration and police authorities would take such a step. However, now the police can’t see hind their biased behaviour from the people. Hence, this will not affect the elections.”