Sitting in a wheelchair, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday declared that nothing will keep her from protecting the democratic rights of the people. The 66-year-old, whose leg was injured in Nandigram on Wednesday, made the point with a rally in Kolkata, rolling in her wheelchair along with hundreds of party workers and supporters.
“I am hurt and unwell, but my goal remains (remaining steadfast to her cause and people of Bengal). My body is full of bruises. I will continue to roam around Bengal in this wheelchair. If I go on bed rest, who will reach out to the people of Bengal?” she said.
“I will never bow down. Remember, a wounded tiger is extremely dangerous,” she added.
Appealing for peace, she said “May the unholy powers be destroyed and the good prevail”.
Banerjee sustained injuries on her leg during a visit to Nandigram, where she had gone to file her nomination papers.
No evidence of attack: EC
Initially, she said, she was pushed by four or five people against her car. The door was shut on her at a time there was no police personnel around, she added. But later, she said, “I was greeting people from the car bonnet and a huge pressure came…. and the car crushed my foot”.
Her party, however, had written to the Election Commission, alleging that an attempt was made on her life “within 24 hours of the removal of the Bengal police chief” by the Election Commission, without any consultation with the state government.
Today, the Commission, which had ordered an investigation into the matter, said: “there was no evidence that the Chief Minister came under attack.” Calling it an accident, the Commission said the Chief Minister’s security protocol was flouted. Mamata, who has Z-Plus security, has to travel in a bullet-proof car, but she was not, the poll panel said. Instead, the security in-charge was sitting in the bullet-proof car, the Commission said. “Action to be taken against the security in-charge Sahay,” the Commission added.