BJP's West Bengal president, Dilip Ghosh, raked up a controversy with his outrageously aggressive statements, threatening to unleash an attack on Trinamool workers from West Bengal, if they did not put an end to their violent ways.
Ghosh, one of three BJP MLAs elected in the Assembly elections in West Bengal, made these statements at a public rally in Kharagpur. Clearly outraged by the incidences of violence that TMC workers have allegedly subject BJP workers to, the MLA went on to say that his workers are "trained by the RSS, can break the neck of people with bare hands", according to a report in NDTV.
"They have attacked several BJP leaders and workers. If violence can be stopped with violence, then we will adopt those means. If someone bombs me, I will not serve them tea," Ghosh was quoted as saying.
"We can also fight. Half our people are trained by the RSS and breaking the necks of two-three people with our bare hands is no big deal for us. If you have the guts, give the police a week's holiday. Let's see how much mothers' milk you have consumed. The noise of bones being crushed will reach Kalighat," he said. "If they have 211 MLAs, we have more than 1,000 MLAs and MPs across India. If they step outside Bengal, we will teach them a lesson."
"Don't instigate us. We are warning you. I don't interfere but if you provoke me, I will not be good. I am warning you there will be no happiness. I will first cut off water supply, then power, then I will shut the door and thrash you. We are capable of everything. The boys are trained by RSS and are ready. Your shoulders will be broken," he added in his rage.
An Indian Express report quoted him as saying "In Bengal, a bloodbath is going on... If Trinamool doesn't stop violence, then the children of Trinamool workers would become orphans." Claiming that Trinamool workers have to be spoken to in the language they understand, he said: "Politics should happen in a democratic way. There is a limit to our patience. If they cross it, we should also reply in the same language."
Trinamool's Mukul Roy has called Ghosh's comments "totally unacceptable" and said his party would complain to Parliament. Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay also condemned the remarks, and said he would write to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, drawing her attention to the issue.