Senior BJP leader Vanathi Srinivasan, who is the National President of the party's women wing, has got arrested in Kolkata, West Bengal on Friday by the city police for breaching the Covid protocols and holding protests in the city against the violence that unfolded in the state aftermath the legislative elections.
Vanathi Srinivasan has won the Coimbatore South constituency in the Tamil Nadu elections by defeating Kamal Haasan and she is all set to enter the Tamil Assembly for the first time. She had gone to Kolkata to conduct protests against the violence in West Bengal that she alleges was triggered by the ruling Trinamool Congress party. According to reports, Mamata Banerjee had secured a landslide victory in the recently-held elections in the state by giving a big blow to the Central ruling party.
In the 294-member assembly, Mamata has got the mandate to rule the state for the next five years with a spectacular margin by securing 213 seats. However, Mamata Banerjee had lost the race and conceded the defeat to her former aide and BJP's candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. Though she had lost, she was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal earlier this week for the third consecutive time with the constitutional requirement of becoming MLA within six months to retain the office.
On the other hand, West Bengal has been witnessing awful events of violence and arsons unfolded by the supporters of the BJP and Trinamool Congress. It was alleged that the supporters of Trinamool Congress had stirred the agitations over the defeat of Mamata Banerjee to the BJP candidate in Nandigram. It was also said that the members of BJP had also involved in the violence after facing a defeat.
Several areas in the state had witnessed violence and the West Bengal Police say that at least 14 people have died in the riots of which ten were BJP supporters. After losing their supporters, the BJP had fueled the protests against the ruling Mamata Banerjee government for accelerating violence in the state. Recently, BJP National President JP Nadda had visited the state and expressed solace to the families of the deceased BJP supporters.
To augment the protest in the state against the ruling regime, BJP's Mahila Morcha President Vanathi Srinivasan had on Friday taken part in the protests in Kolkata organized by the BJP. However, the Kolkata police had later arrested Vanathi Srinivasan, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly, and Women's wing president of West Bengal BJP Agnimithra for defying the Covid protocols and taking part in the protests.
Later, Vanathi Srinivasan had released a clip of her arrest on Twitter and wrote, "Even peaceful protests are wrong in Bengal? Is this how Mamata runs the Govt? Is there any freedom at all? Myself along with RS MP @RoopaSpeaks and @BJPMM4Bengal Prez @paulagnimitra1 were arrested while addressing the media in a peaceful manner adhering to Covid protocols." "If this is the situation even for leaders, then I fear Mamata will be ruthless on people", she added.
According to reports, Vanathi and leaders were later released and on Saturday, she had met West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and submitted a memorandum on the violence faced by the BJP members and women in West Bengal. Taking to Twitter, Vanathi wrote, "Met His Excellency Sh. @jdhankhar1, Hon'ble Governor, WB and submitted a memorandum on the violence faced by @BJP4Bengal karyakartas and women along with @RoopaSpeaks and @BJPMM4Bengal delegation."
If this is the situation even for leaders, then I fear Mamata will be ruthless on people!#IntolerantMamata@JPNadda @blsanthosh @dushyanttgautam @tarunchughbjp @BJP4India @BJPMahilaMorcha @BJP4Bengal @DilipGhoshBJP @BJP4TamilNadu— Vanathi Srinivasan (@VanathiBJP) May 7, 2021
Met His Excellency— Vanathi Srinivasan (@VanathiBJP) May 8, 2021
Sh. @jdhankhar1 , Hon'ble Governor, WB and submitted a memorandum on the violence faced by @BJP4Bengal karyakartas and women along with @RoopaSpeaks and @BJPMM4Bengal delegation. @JPNadda @blsanthosh @tarunchughbjp @DilipGhoshBJP @KailashOnline pic.twitter.com/BpDkLKTQ7S