NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal were engaged in a war of words over the issues of Love Jihad and women safety.
Campaigning for the BJP in West Bengal, Adityanath targeted Mamata Banerjee and accused her of indulging in appeasement politics.
The TMC leaders reacted sharply to Adityanath’s allegations and reminded him of the poor law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.
West Bengal doesn’t need sermons on law and order from Yogi Adityanath as his state has recorded the highest number of incidents of crime against women, the TMC leaders said.
At a rally in minority-dominated Gazole area of Malda district, which borders Bangladesh, Adityanath said: “Appeasement politics for the sake of vote bank has endangered the security of not only West Bengal but also of the country. The TMC has a problem with refugees getting citizenship but has no issue with illegal immigrants coming to the state.”
The UP chief minister raked up the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan issue and accused the TMC government of “playing with people’s religious sentiments” by not allowing them to chant the slogan. He warned Mamata and said, “See what happened to those who opposed the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya”.
He promised that cow smuggling will be stopped within a day if the BJP is voted to power in the state.
Raising the issue of “Love Jihad”, Adityanath said “Through fraud and deceit, incidents of ‘Love Jihad’ are taking place in Bengal. Women of the state are not safe. We have made a law against ‘Love Jihad’ in UP. But in Bengal, where the state government is indulging in politics of appeasement, neither are there attempts to curb cattle smuggling nor dangerous incidents of ‘Love Jihad’.”
Adityanath’s charges were countered by several TMC leaders who launched a counterattack on the UP chief minister.
They also raised the issue of a 50-year-old man who was allegedly shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district by an accused out on bail in a case of molestation lodged in 2018 against the victim’s daughter.
“Yet ANOTHER Hathras! The count of dreadful incidents being reported from the @BJP4India-ruled UP is unending! The people of UP are suffering as the state of law and order is in shackles, yet @myogiadityanathis in Bengal?? #BJPHataoBetiBachao,” TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said on social media.
“In a poll-bound state, Mr @myogiadityanath comes & spreads misinformation to fool people. While @BJP4Bengal leaders were spreading Fake News, the family members of the lady informed that she was already suffering from a medical condition resulting in the swelling,” she said in a series of tweets.
Another TMC leader Nusrat Jahan said: “Cannot find the words to describe the horror that @BJP4India ruled Uttar Pradesh has turned into! WHY couldn’t @myogiadityanath prioritize the safety & security of this family? Is Bengal elections more important to BJP?