Amid the series of Trinamool Congress (TMC) members and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) leaving the ruling party of poll-bound West Bengal into Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the TMC supremo and Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, allegedly was injured, on Wednesday, Mar 10, after she complained of few persons pushed her while she was near her car. CM Banerjee also claimed that the incident has hurt her leg and it’s injured.
“Few people pushed me when I was near my car. I suffered an injury in my leg,” alleged CM Mamata Banerjee while speaking to the media. The TMC chief was returning to Reyapara after filing nomination for upcoming Assembly Elections from Nandigram when the incident took place. The West Bengal Chief Minister complained of pain due to the injury to her leg and expressed the urgency to visit a doctor.
“I am hurt. My leg has swollen. I am in pain. Let me go. It is paining immensely. I am going to visit the doctor,” said the Chief Minister who supposedly was in pain as per her body language, quoted ANI.
CM Mamata Banerjee supposed the incident was a result of a conspiracy as she alleged that she was “intentionally manhandled” by few people. She also complained of no police officials present at the “huge public gathering” at Nandigram, not even a Superintendent of Police (SP).
“No police official was present. Four-five people intentionally manhandled me in the presence of the public. There were no police officials for four-five hours in such a huge public gathering, not even a SP. It was definitely a conspiracy,” said TMC Chief when asked about the incident, quoted ANI report.
In contrast to Mamata Banerjee’s claim, few of the eye witnesses cross-checked by media agencies refuted the Chief Minister’s claim and stated that she was not pushed by people. ANI report mentions a couple of eye-witnesses refuting Banerjee’s claim and stating that there were people around her but nobody pushed her. “People gathered to see her. When she was about to leave, there were people around there. But nobody pushed her. I am a student. I am not associated with any political party,” said an eye-witness to ANI as quoted by its report.
The Adhir Ranjan Chaudhari of Congress party termed Mamata Banerjee’s claim of being pushed by people a “nautanki” performed with the intention to gain public sympathy ahead of assembly polls. “She is not just the chief minister, she is the ‘police mantri’ too. No one can believe that there was no police with ‘Bengal’s police mantri’. When the police have thrown a security cordon in Nandigram, some youth pushing the chief minister is unbelievable,” said Congress’ West Bengal Chief, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, quoted ANI.
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, however, condemned the alleged attack on the West Bengal Chief Minister and hoped for her speedy recovery. “I strongly condemn the attack on Mamta Didi. Those responsible shud be immediately arrested and punished. I pray for her speedy recovery” read the tweet by Delhi Chief Minister.
I strongly condemn the attack on Mamta Didi. Those responsible shud be immediately arrested and punished. I pray for her speedy recovery
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 10, 2021
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, also expressed concern over the incident and demanded a high level committee to investigate the matter and spring out the truth. “प. बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री सुश्री @MamataOfficial के चोटिल होने की सूचना चिंताजनक है। उनके शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना! इस संदर्भ में तत्काल एक उच्च स्तरीय समिति बनाकर जाँच होनी चाहिए, जिससे सच सामने आ सके।” tweeted Akhilesh Yadav.
प. बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री सुश्री @MamataOfficial के चोटिल होने की सूचना चिंताजनक है। उनके शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना!
इस संदर्भ में तत्काल एक उच्च स्तरीय समिति बनाकर जाँच होनी चाहिए, जिससे सच सामने आ सके।
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 10, 2021