Kolkata: Newly-elected legislator Arjun Singh claiming the party would send “10 lakh post cards with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ written on them” to the Trinamool Congress chief. Mr Singh’s statement came after the latest confrontation between people chanting “Jai Shri Ram” and the Trinamool – this time outside a party worker’s house in Barrackpore constituency’s Kanchrapara area, where Trinamool leaders were holding a meeting.
“We have decided to send 10 lakh post cards with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ written on them to the chief minister’s residence,” Mr Singh, a former Trinamool leader who switched allegiance just before the general election, was quoted in a report by news agency.
Trinamool ministers Jyotipriyo Mallick and Taposh Roy, who were at the meeting, were heckled as their convoys left the area. After they left, BJP supporters blocked trains at the Kanchrapara station for about 15 minutes.
Police sources said protesters gathered outside the venue were initially asked to disperse and later lathi-charged when the situation started to slip out of their hands.
Kanchrapara is a stronghold of the BJP’s Mukul Roy, a former Trinamool leader, and his son Shubhranshu Roy, who also recently switched sides.
Ms Banerjee, who has been repeatedly targeted by people chanting “Jai Shri Ram” since the final days of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, was similarly heckled on Thursday while driving through Bhatpara area of North 24 Parganas district.
On that occasion, she got out of her car and reprimanded the people. When she was getting back into her car, the slogans started again. This time, she charged at the people, calling them “criminals” and “outsiders”.