Days before the 7th phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections, an outrageous incident occurred in Kolkata. A bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar, a Bengali icon, being a social reformer and educationist from the 19th century, was smashed to pieces following violent clashes between “students” and BJP during a mammoth road show of BJP president Amit Shah.
While TMC held the BJP workers responsible for the incident, the BJP accused TMC men in the garb of students of destroying the statue to gain sympathy votes.
“These attacks and the humiliation of my state will not go unpunished. I am keeping a track of everything. I will take revenge for everything inch by inch”, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is reported as saying
Interestingly, the BJP could not win any of the 9 seats that went to polling in the 7th phase, as Mamata Banerjee’s TMC bagged all of them. This is in fact in contrast to the earlier phase results, in which the BJP won 18 seats against TMC’s 13, according to this India Today reports.
Clearly, destruction of the Vidyasagar statue turned out to be a boon for the TMC. Mamata Banerjee’s government has constituted a panel to probe the vandalism. Will the truth really come out?