Back in his Den, 'Tiger' Kailash Vijayvargiya Gears up to Strangle Mamata Banerjee in her Fortress

Back in his Den, 'Tiger' Kailash Vijayvargiya Gears up to Strangle Mamata Banerjee in her Fortress
Indore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary and in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya is back in his hometown Indore after an emphatic electoral victory of the saffron party in the eastern state.

A popular figure in Indore, Vijayvargiya’s popularity has grown significantly after he helped his party make deep inroads into the fortress of Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in Bengal.

A former Madhya Pradesh minister, Vijayvargiya was given a rousing welcome by his supporters on Tuesday. A Kisan Akrosh Rally was also held in the city to highlight the plight of farmers.

However, a giant flex put up as part of the celebrations with a picture of Vijayvargiya strangling a leopard with the Bengal chief minister’s face has raised quite a few eyebrows.

After the local police raised objections, organisers covered Banerjee’s face on the poster.

The BJP and Trinamool Congress are engaged in a bitter power struggle in Bengal which has continued to witness violence even days after the Lok Sabha election came to an end.

A number of deaths over political clashes have been reported from the state.

When asked about the state of affairs in Bengal, Vijayvargiya said Banerjee’s government was made of bombs and pistols, adding if the National Investigation Agency conducted raids in the houses of Trinamool leaders, it would recover caches of arms and ammunition.

Later, when asked about Tuesday’s celebrations in Indore, Vijayvargiya told News18 that the BJP was not making any show of strength, but it was only an attempt to mirror the realities of the state to the Congress government.

On the BJP’s proposed agitation programme in Bengal on Wednesday, he said the saffron party would continue its fight in the state.

However, he declined to comment on the meeting between Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while clarifying that the BJP wasn’t interested in bringing down the Trinamool government.

The MP Congress, however, did not spare the chance to poke fun at the BJP over the poster.

Taking a dig at the old rivalry between former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vijayvargiya, Congress’ media cell coordinator Narendra Saluja wrote on Twitter, “Not Mamata Banerjee, the real target is BJP’s tiger (Chouhan) who is persistently claiming that ‘tiger is still alive’.”

Meanwhile, ahead of Vijayvargiya’s arrival, the stage set for Tuesday’s functions had crashed and several BJP leaders, including Mayor Malini Gaud, escaped with minor injuries.