TMC’s national secretary-general Abhishek Banerjee and BJP’s opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari met on Saturday as both leaders held rallies in rival grounds.
While TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee was holding a public rally at Kanthi in East Medinipur, known as a stronghold of opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP leader took power to Banerjee’s Diamond Harbour.
However, the conversation between the two senior leaders intensified when TMC’s Banerjee challenged the BJP to put them in jail. Suvendu Adhikari beckons that ‘all thieves must be arrested’.
Banerjee took a look at Suvendu and company and said, ‘He has said he will put me in jail. He will teach Bengal a lesson by holding back his money. We don’t need your money. Until Mamata Banerjee comes, we will not beg to Delhi. Come if you have guts, put me in jail”
The statement comes in the wake of the video released by TMC in September this year, which showed the leader of the opposition threatening to jail Indian police officers.
“These IPS will be put in and the cousin will go too,” Adhikari is heard saying in the video.
The TMC tweeted the video from its official Twitter account, writing: “SHOCKING! Bangladeshi BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari THREATENS West Bengal police and IPS officers who were just doing their job. What does this indicate? Aside from the two #PuppetsOfBJP ED and CBI, WHAT ELSE DOES BJP CONTROL? Can we expect justice in this country under BJP misrule?”
The tweet came a few hours after BJP workers clashed with police in Kolkata and other places in the state over their ‘Nabanna Obhijaan’, or march towards the Secretariat, in September this year.
Meanwhile, in his address to the public, Adhikari also urged the arrest of the ‘thieves’. “All thieves must be arrested. They have been gone too long,” said the BJP leader.
Ahead of the panchayat elections, the dates of which are yet to be announced, the ruling TMC has released a video in which Banerjee challenges Adhikari: “Come if you have guts. I am going to challenge you in your area, your place.”
The two leaders are thrown as arch-rivals. Even when Adhikari was in the TMC, he was known as “anti-Abhishek” and party insiders said that when Abhishek rose to prominence after 2014, it was unacceptable for Adhikari and could essentially be the reason why he left the party to join the BJP. . Once safely ensconced in the saffron party, Adhikari made Abhishek his most stricken target while making political statements in public, they added.
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