Rebutting PM Modi's claim of building a grand Iswarchadra Vidyasagar statue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, has pointed out that PM Modi who could not build a Ram Mandir at Ramjanmabhoomi now wants to build Vidyasagar statue while addressing a rally at West Bengal's Diamond Harbour. She also hit out at BJP chief Amit Shah calling him a 'goonda neta' for saying that 'Bengal kangal hai (Bengal is bankrupt).'
Earlier in a rally in Mathurapur, Banerjee alleged that the Vidyasagar's statue was vandalised by BJP goons under the leadership of Amit Shah and PM Modi should do sit-ups for lying so much.
She said: "He is our one who gave education to Bengalis, once the statue is broken it cannot be made. Amit Shah led the goons to broke the statue of Vidyasagar statue. Bengal has the money to make another statue we don't need you, but can you return the 200-year-old heritage to us. We have proof, video proof. We have the evidence, we have documents against the BJP. You have insulted the heritage, you cannot just say that you will build them. You are liar, PM Narendra Modi liar, you must do sit-ups for lying so much. You have insulted Bengal's sentiment. We will take proper revenge."
At a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Mau district earlier in the day, PM Modi had promised a grand statue at the spot of its original, which was vandalised in clashes on Wednesday,
"Similar hooliganism by TMC workers was again on display during Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar's vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot," he said.
Clashes began in Kolkata on Wednesday, as BJP president Amit Shah's convoy passed by Calcutta University campus on College Street. As per reports, stones were pelted at Amit Shah's convoy from a college hostel on Bidhan Sarani. In the ensuing clashes, the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was ruined.
Following this on Wednesday evening, in an unprecedented move, EC invoked Article 324 and cuts short campaigning of all forms in West Bengal from 10 pm on Thursday, May 16, till the end of the polls on May 19. In the normal course, the campaigning was to end at 5 pm on May 17.