File photo: Prakash Javadekar Photograph:( Zee News Network )
The BJP today hit out at TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over incidents of violence during Ram Navami processions in West Bengal, saying while her state was "burning", she was "doing politics" in the national capital.
Peaceful Ram Navami processions were attacked by Trinamool Congress (TMC) "thugs" in the state, senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.
"Bengal is burning and Mamata is doing politics in Delhi. It is like Nero fiddled while Rome was burning," he said.
Innocent devotees of Lord Ram were attacked by TMC workers in the state and the West Bengal government is doing nothing about it, the Union HRD minister alleged.
Javadekar accused Banerjee of being insensitive towards the state and said that "this attitude of the TMC supremo is insult to the people's mandate".
"It is also an insult to the chief minister post," he said.
The West Bengal chief minister is free to do politics and the BJP is quite capable of replying to it, the minister said.
"But one should not do politics on the cost of the state and her constitutional duties," he said.
Erstwhile TMC leader Mukul Roy, who joined the BJP last year, also attacked Banerjee over the law and order situation in the state.
He claimed that she aspires to become the prime minister, but has forgotten her duties as the state's chief minister.
"Instead of discharging her constitutional duties, Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi to form a third front," he said.