The war of words between the ruling TMC and opposition BJP is continuing unabated. The latest incident is reported from Asansol where Tapas Ray, a local BJP leader while addressing a protest rally on Friday asked the party workers to "smash fingers" of TMC workers if they dare to touch BJP workers in any part of the state.
"The BJP workers and leaders are not cowards nor do we wear bangles. If any TMC worker or TMC goon dares to touch a BJP worker then we will smash the fingers of that person," said Ray.
"If someone tries to provoke BJP and its cadres, we will not sit idle," he added.
Reacting to Ray’s statement, senior TMC leader Gautam Deb said BJP is trying to "import" a culture of violence and hatred in Bengal.
"The BJP is trying to import a culture of violence and hatred in Bengal. Such kinds of statements are being made to provoke violence and disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the state," said Deb.
BJP took out a number of rallies in various parts of West Bengal demanding immediate arrest of those involved in the heckling of BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh in Darjeeling on Thursday.
The protestors also burnt the effigies of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.