A row has erupted between TMC and BJP in West Bengal with both parties alleging each other alleged disrespect to the Thakurbari Temple, the reports said.
Thakurbari Temple, a shrine has been electorally significant to Matua community, to which which both the TMC and the BJP have been trying to reach out to.
TMC has alleged that security personnel, attached to BJP leader and Union Minister Shantanu Thakur, entered the premises of Thakurbari Temple with their shoes on and manhandled women.
TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee alleged that BJP has desecrated the sanctity of Thakurbari in the name of politics.
I strongly condemn @Shantanu_bjp's outrageous act of storming into Thakurbari Temple with CISF, disrespecting the premise by wearing shoes & physically assaulting women devotees.— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) June 11, 2023
They have desecrated the sanctity of Thakurbari in the name of politics.
Shameful display of power! pic.twitter.com/5uDFA3GGzz
He condemned BJP and accused it of "shameful display of power".
Sharing pictures of the alleged ruckus at the temple, the TMC said, "Even women are not spared when it comes to BJP's politics of hate and violence."
LoP @SuvenduWB's attempt to shift blame onto the Trinamool Congress is OUTRAGEOUS!— Kunal Ghosh (@KunalGhoshAgain) June 11, 2023
Women who had gathered at the Thakurbari temple to offer their prayers have come forward, testifying that it was the Central Force, on @BJP4India MP @Shantanu_bjp's command, that wreaked havoc.… https://t.co/b3GG6nuXwV
OUTRAGEOUS!— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 11, 2023
Even women are NOT SPARED when it comes to @BJP4Bengal's politics of hate and violence.
Our worker Ila Bagchi was BRUTALLY ATTACKED by BJP goons in Thakurnagar Thakurbari.
Shantanu Thakur, is this what PM @narendramodi instructed you to do?#ShameOnBJPpic.twitter.com/wcag6ya29n
Union Minister of State for Ports and Shipping and BJP MP Shantanu Thakur, who is also a powerful Matua community leader, said "Surprised to see the goons themselves condemning the attack”
Surprised to see the goons themselves condemning the attack...— Shantanu Thakur (@Shantanu_bjp) June 11, 2023
As the Sanghadhipati of @aimms_org, I express my disappointment towards the @MamataOfficial government in #WestBengal. The religious freedom has been put on edge & the Matua Community is being cowardly targeted.