Home Minister Amit Shah today ordered an investigation into an attack on BJP chief JP Nadda’s convoy in West Bengal and asked the Governor for a report on law and order in the state.
The home ministry called for two reports from the Bengal administration in a matter of 12 hours as dramatic allegations emerged from the BJP.
The BJP chief’s convoy came under attack, allegedly from supporters of Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress, around 50 km from Kolkata. Mr Nadda was on his way to a meeting of party workers in Diamond Harbour, which is the parliamentary constituency of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Dramatic videos online showed rocks thrown at cars smashing windscreens and windows. BJP leader Mukul Roy also suffered injuries.
“If I have reached here for the meeting, it’s due to Ma Durga’s grace,” said Mr Nadda. The BJP has launched protests across the state.
Mr Nadda said he was unhurt because he was travelling in a bullet proof car but another BJP leader, Kailash Vijayvargiya, was injured.
Mamata Banerjee claimed the attack was staged and accused the BJP of resorting to “drama” to malign her government. She said there would be a police probe but questioned if there was a provocation or a conspiracy. She also said the BJP had not asked for security for Mr Nadda.
Her nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee told a rally: “If the people don’t like the BJP, what can we do?”
The attack comes a day after Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh wrote to the Home Minister raising concerns about Mr Nadda’s security after he was shown black flags in Kolkata yesterday.