The TMC on Thursday slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his remarks on the law and order situation in West Bengal and said the party does not need a lesson from him.
Speaking on the Criminal Procedure (Identity) Bill in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Shah had recalled that he was attacked with firebombs in Bengal during his campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
He said, “I went there in 2019 and was attacked with fireballs (balls of fire). Our party president JP Nadda’s convoy was also targeted (for the assembly polls,” he had said.
The Home Minister further continued his attack on the West Bengal government, saying its actions “changed even the harshest definition of the word fascist”.
Responding to Shah’s remarks, senior TMC leader Saugata Roy said that neither the party nor the state government needed to take a lesson from Shah to maintain law and order.
“Amit Shah should be the last person to talk about law and order. We are well aware of his track record as a Minister in Gujarat and Central Government.
Roy said, “We have seen how he failed to control the riots that rocked Delhi in February 2020. We have also seen anarchy in BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh. The condition of Bengal is far better than any other state in the country.
Echoing him, TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh said Shah’s comments reflected his “disappointment” over his party’s defeat in the assembly polls despite a high-profile campaign.
However, the state BJP unit welcomed Shah’s statement.
BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “Amit Shah ji has said the right thing. He has told the facts. Everyone in the country is well aware of the chaotic situation in West Bengal. The recent massacre in Birbhum is a vivid example.”
Parliament on Wednesday passed the Criminal Procedure (Identity) Bill, which empowers police to obtain physical and biological samples of convicts and those accused of crimes.