In a bizzare statement, veteran Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Subrata Mukherjee suggested that instead of small protests here and there, the state unit of the BJP should go for a major agitation where police is forced to open fire and kill atleast 20 people.
“Low-intensity protests can’t take you too far. Instead, try something big. In small agitations, police will only stop, there will be anarchy and lawlessness, some photos will be clicked and that’s it. The end result is not very inspiring. Do something such that police opens fire and 20 people die,” Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee’s remarks came in context to recent protests and agitations by BJP across the state over various issues against the TMC run state Government.
Referring to the food protest which rocked Bengal nearly five decades back, Subrata Mukherjee said that it even lead to change in government. Mukherjee though needn’t have gone so far back for reference.
During Nandigram movement a decade back, the police fired on protesters which lead to the death of farmers. Nandigram along with Singur movement catapulted Mamata Banerjee to power in West Bengal.
BJP is currently doing statewide protest regarding giving back of cut money taken for government work and also about law and order situation in the state. They protested in front of the state secretariat at Nabanna too.
In different parts of Bengal, police clashed with BJP workers today. Subrata Mukherjee’s statement trivializing the death of protestors in a movement was in the context of BJP’s state-wide agitation.