Kolkata: There is a new twist to the slugfest between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP over the alleged beating up of the 85-year-old mother of BJP cadre Gopal Majumdar. Relatives have alleged that the son himself beats up his mother regularly, while the grandson has said the TMC didn’t beat their grandmother, a resident of Nimta in North 24 parganas.
While the saffron camp had cried foul against the TMC for beating up the elderly woman, Shova Majumdar, the TMC had denied the allegation. In a video they released on Twitter, the elderly woman's grandson can be heard saying that the TMC cannot do such a thing.
Gora Majumdar, one of the grandsons, said his grandmother is bedridden and the swelling on her eyes is part of her illness.
“My grandmother is practically on her death bed. The swelling on her eyes is due to her illness. The TMC didn’t resort to any violence. I have visited my grandmother, it has nothing to do with politics,” Gora was heard saying.
Meanwhile, West Bengal BJP women's wing president Agnimitra Paul visited the woman at her residence on Monday. Demanding the immediate arrest of the alleged attacker, Paul slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claims to be the daughter of Bengal but there is no respect for a mother in her state,” said Paul.
Notably, a relative of the BJP cadre has claimed that the elderly woman, who is severely ill, used to be beaten up by her son regularly.
It is pertinent to mention that Gopal had alleged on Saturday night that three masked people had barged into his house and thrashed him and his mother, and that he couldn’t see their faces.
Interestingly, parts of South Kolkata were covered with posters of Shova Majumdar on Monday. "Isn’t she the daughter of Bengal?" ask the posters. They are being used as part of BJP’s poll campaign to counter TMC’s slogan ‘Bangla nijer meyekei chay’ (Bengal wants its own daughter).