Lashing out at the TMC dispensation, BJP today said West Bengal has been converted into a land of jehadis under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "The rule of law in Bengal has been converted into law of vote bank by TMC and West Bengal has become the land of jehadis under Mamata Banerjee. "However, BJP imbibed under the ideology of nationalism led by Shyama Prasad Mukerjee, will not allow West Bengal to become a jehadi safe haven," BJP National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said in a press statement.
Singh also condemned the arrest of BJP leaders in Makra in Birbhum yesterday. "Yesterday my party leaders and MPs led by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tried to visit Makra for understanding the ground situation in a democratic and peaceful manner. They were stopped and arrested along with state President Rahul Sinha by the West Bengal Police.
It is unfortunate and the step is a reminder of anarchist TMC rule in West Bengal," he said.
He also criticised TMC General Secretary Mukul Roy's statement that BJP was spreading communalism in the state.
On Thursday, Naqvi, party MPs Kirti Azad and Udit Raj, and BJP state unit president Rahul Sinha along with other state leaders and activists were taken away in a police van from the spot.
There was also shoving and pushing between the leaders and police following attempts to break barriers and enter the village. The state government, earlier in the day, faxed a letter to the state BJP leadership, informing them about the prohibitory orders and urging them to "plan the visit accordingly".
"Prohibitory orders are violated when five or more people assemble, but despite our repeated requests to allow even two persons, the police did not pay heed and instead pushed and shoved and even arrested us," said Sinha.
(with inputs from agencies)