Accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of sponsoring violence against the BJP workers in Bengal, state party president Dilip Ghosh asked the workers to not be afraid of going to jail.
"If you are caught by the police, he will (pointing to a lawyer in Barrackpore subdivision court) free you. So do not worry, no one can be a leader unless you go to jail. If they (police) do not take you, you must go to jail yourself," Mr Ghosh said at ''Cha Chakra'' (meeting over tea) at Mangal Pandey Park in Barrackpore on Wednesday.
"I am telling this in front of the camera if they do not jail you, you must do something to go to jail. Only then the people will obey you. No place for soft-hearted people in politics," he urged the workers and people present at the event.
Pointing to the killing of two people during a protest against the newly-amended Citizenship Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Murshidabad on Wednesday, Mr Ghosh also raised the issue of deteriorating law and order situation in the state.