Instigating Trinamool cadre to attack CRPF Jawans on polling duty during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Minister of State for MSME and textiles, Ratna Ghosh Kar, on Tuesday night, gave a controversial speech at a closed-door meeting at Chakdaha, Nadia district in West Bengal.
"Nothing is fair or unfair in a war. There are democratic or undemonstrative ways to do it. You have to win (the war) by any means. I have seen it in 2016 elections, how the Central forces (CRPF) have beaten up our boys (Trinamool workers). There was a bloodbath. This time it is more challenging. There is nothing to be scared," she said recounting the 2016 state polls.
Further, she instructed the women members to 'chase the CRPF away with broomsticks'.
"I will go to each and every polling booth, irrespective of the presence of the CRPF Jawans. And if the CRPF is taking pro-active action, then I request the Mahila sangh (women's wing) members to pick up broomsticks and chase them away from our area," she said.
Ratna Ghosh Kar is the current MLA of the West Bengal Assembly from Chakdaha, West Bengal.
The statements by Ratna Ghosh Kar constitute the latest controversy to hit the state as the elections pick up. On Tuesday, the BJP had complained to the EC over the Trinamool bringing in Bangladeshi actors to campaign for the elections. The specific allegation was over Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed who had rallied for Mamata Banerjee's party's candidate from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat Kanhaiya Lal Agarwal in North Dinajpur on April 14. Accompanied by Bengali actors Ankush and Payal, Ahmed had also participated in a roadshow from Karandighi to Islampur. Ensuingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs cancelled his business visa and issued him a leave India notice, blacklisting him for campaigning in India.
West Bengal is set to vote on all seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections. The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections will be held from April 11 to May 19 , with the results scheduled to be announced on May 23.