Union Home Minister Amit Shah took a jibe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s leg injury saying the Trinamool Congress chief calls it a conspiracy, but the Election Commission says it was an accident. Mamata Banerjee has a leg injury, it’s not known how she got it, he added.
Addressing a rally in Bankura in the BJP campaign for the West Bengal polls, Shah said that while Banerjee is concerned about her leg, she is not concerned about the pain of the mothers of 130 BJP workers who have been killed in the state.
During a rally in Ranibandh, Shah responded for the first time to Mamata Banerjee’s allegations of an attack in Nandigram. He said there was a glitch in his helicopter today but he won’t call it a conspiracy, while praying for Banerjee’s swift recovery.
Addressing a rally in Purulia at the same time, Mamata Banerjee said that she was injured in an incident and some thought she would be unable to step out with a broken leg. The pain of the people is greater than the pain she endures, she added.
The BJP has accused her of pulling a stunt for sympathy ever since Mamata Banerjee began attending Trinamool rallies in a wheelchair since her discharge from hospital on Friday.
The Election Commission on Sunday ruled out an attack, saying it was an accident in which she was injured and there is no evidence to show the Nandigram incident was an attack on Mamata Banerjee. The Commission said security was not properly handled and the Chief Minister’s security protocol was breached.
Mamata Banerjee has Z-Plus security, has to travel in a bullet-proof car, but she was not. Instead, the security in-charge was sitting in the bullet-proof car, said the Commission, ordering action against security in-charge Vivek Sahay.
The elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases starting March 27 with the final round of voting on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.