Shova Majumdar, the BJP’s worker’s mother who was allegedly beaten up by some Trinamool activists last month, has died. The 85-year-old’s death immediately sparked a war of words today, with the BJP playing on the Trinamool’s favourite slogan and saying “Ma, Mati, Manush” had been bloodied. The Trinamool, meanwhile, accused the opposition party of “peddling a narrative”.
Mr Shah tweeted saying, “Anguished over the demise of Bengal’s daughter Shova Majumdar ji, who was brutally beaten by TMC goons. The pain & wounds of her family will haunt Mamata didi for long. Bengal will fight for a violence-free tomorrow, Bengal will fight for a safer state for our sisters & mothers.”
On February 28, the BJP had said that Trinamool members had thrashed Ms Majumdar, mother of its 24 Parganas district worker Gopal Majumdar. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party called the incident fabricated. The elderly woman reportedly died early today morning, according to ANI.
A video of Ms Majumdar, narrating her painful experience with a badly swollen face, was shared by the BJP on social media last month. In his tweet today, Mr Shah posted the photo of her body wrapped in a BJP flag. Party chief JP Nadda, too, tweeted his condolences in Hindi, saying Ms Majumdar was “Bengal’s mother and daughter”.
Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata, Minister of State for Woman and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri said: “She (Mamata) is doing processions, repeatedly attacking BJP, claiming that she was being attacked…Today, Ma has been bloodied, Mati has been bloodied, Manush has been bloodied. What will the state government do?”
Trinamool spokesperson Derek O’Brien, however, tweeted that “the incident” was still under investigation.
The death of Shova Majumdar is a tragedy.
What is totally unfortunate though is the Home Min peddling a narrative when the incident is under investigation. He heads a Police Force & multiple Central Agencies. Shouldn’t he show some respect to the investigative process of India!
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) March 29, 2021
West Bengal on Saturday completed the first of its eight-phase polling for the next state Assembly, with the BJP and the Trinamool involved in a high-decibel, vitriolic campaign against each other.