Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned she was attacked immediately whereas in Nandigram, the place she had gone to file her nomination for the approaching meeting elections. The Chief Minister mentioned she was pushed by 4 or 5 folks in opposition to her automobile and had the door shut on her at a time when there was no police personnel round her.
Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Trinamool MP (presently in Nandigram) mentioned: “At about 6.15 pm, when she was about to leave Birulia Anchal after performing Puja in a temple, a few unknown persons pushed her to the car and forcibly shut the door, as a result of which she sustained injuries in her left leg and suffered severe pain in the waist.”
The incident occurred at Birulia Anchal Market, 5 km from Reyapara, the place Ms Banerjee stopped to speak to the media in regards to the incident.
The Chief Minister instructed reporters that she was pushed by 4 or 5 males whereas she was attempting to get into her automobile. Pointing to her leg, she added, “See how it is swelling up”. Asked if it was a deliberate assault, she mentioned, “Of course it is a conspiracy… there were no policemen around me”.
Even as she was talking, she appeared to be in bodily misery. After she complained of worsening ache in her again and waist, her private safety guards lifted her and positioned her on the backseat of her automobile.
The 66-year-old — who has sustained many an damage earlier, most notably in 1991 when she was attacked by CPM goons — appeared pale, visibly shaken and in a lot ache.
Ms Banerjee — who filed her nomination immediately and was anticipated to spend the evening in Nandigram — returned instantly to Kolkata, round 130 km away. A inexperienced hall was created for quick entry to the SSKM Hospital, the place she was admitted.
The Chief Minister underwent a battery of assessments together with neurological assessments and an X-ray of her left leg. Late within the evening, she was despatched to the Bangur Institute of Neurosciences at SSKM for an MRI. According to sources, she has sustained accidents on decrease limbs that are swollen and painful.
She has been administered sturdy ache killers.
The assault got here a day after the Election Commission changed the Director General of Bengal Police, Mr Virender, amid issues of violence voiced the loudest by the BJP. An IPS officer of the 1987 batch, P Nirajnayan, has been named the brand new police chief.
The Commission has requested the Chief Secretary for a report on the assault on the Chief Minister who has Z-Plus safety. The report must be submitted by Friday.
Nandigram would be the greatest battleground within the state elections that start by the tip of this month. The Chief Minister has been challenged by her erstwhile aide Suvendu Adhikari, who’s now representing the BJP.
Dubbed “outsider” by the supporters of Mr Adhikari — who gained the Nandigram seat in 2016 — she had been campaigning within the space that helped her come to energy in 2011 following the agitation in opposition to farmland acquisition.
The BJP, which had blamed the Trinamool after its chief JP Nadda’s convoy got here beneath assault in Bengal in December, referred to as immediately’s incident a political stunt by the ruling occasion.
“Is it Taliban that her convoy was attacked? Huge police force accompanies her. Who can get near her?” mentioned state BJP vice-president Arjun Singh. “Four IPS officers are her security in-charge and must be suspended. Attackers don’t appear out of nowhere, they have to be nabbed… She did drama for sympathy,” he added.
“It can happen that she met with an accident but to claim that she was deliberately pushed is not acceptable. She has a lot of security personnel guarding her round the clock,” BJP nationwide normal secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya instructed information company PTI.
Elections in Bengal, set to be a stiff contest between the Trinamool and the BJP, will probably be held in eight phases, starting with polling for 30 seats on March 27. The counting of votes will probably be held on May 2.