After the general elections, which was marked by violence in West Bengal, with the ruling Trinamool and BJP trading blame over the issue, both the parties are now allegedly "capturing" and "recapturing" each other's offices in various districts of the state.
On May 30, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Naihati area of North 24 Parganas district and 'recaptured' an office, that had the BJP symbol and party name painted on it. The Trinamool supremo used a painter's brush to paint in black colour the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) official party symbol (flowers and grass) over the saffron walls of the building.
The building on which West Bengal Chief Minister painted her party's symbol was allegedly captured by supporters of the newly elected BJP MP Arjun Singh who had won from Barrackpore after defeating Dinesh Trivedi. During the same visit, Mamata also reprimanded people chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan near her convoy and had said those who raised the slogans were "all outsiders and BJP people".
"They are criminals and were abusing me. They are not from Bengal," she had said. This prompted the BJP to announce that it will send 10 lakh postcards with "Jai Shri Ram" written on them to her.
Reportedly, many Trinamool offices at block and village level in the state were painted in BJP colour (saffron) after the party made inroads into West Bengal by winning 18 of the 42 seats in the state cutting the Trinamooldown to size by limiting its win to only 22 seats against the 34 it had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
On May 28, two Trinamool MLAs, including Mukul Roy's son Subhrangshu Roy, along with 63 municipal councillors joined the BJP in Delhi. Along with Subhrangshu and Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya, a CPI (M) MLA Hemtabad Devendra Roy also joined the BJP in the presence of West Bengal BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Mamata Banerjee took to Facebook lashing out at the BJP and the media for reports of her displeasure at sloganeers shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' in West Bengal. She explained that each party has its own slogan and that she did not have any problem with any slogan.
"I have no problem, regarding any particular slogan of political parties in their rallies, and for their party purpose. Every political party has their own slogan. My party has Jai Hind, Vande Mataram. The Left has Inquilab Zindabad. Others have different slogans. We respect each other," she wrote.