West Bengal Violence: Vivek Oberoi Compares Mamata Banerjee With Saddam Hussein
Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and West Bengal Mamata Banerjee. (Photo Credit: Instagram/PTI)

Mumbai/Kolkata, May 15: Following the row over arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party's social media worker Priyanka Sharma in Kolkata for allegedly sharing an unsavoury meme of Mamata Banerjee on Facebook, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi took potshots at TMC chief and wondered aloud as to why she was acting like ‘Saddam Hussein’ in wake of violent clashes.

Expressing his opinion through his Twitter account, he wrote, "I can’t understand why a respected lady like Didi is behaving like Saddam Hussain! Ironically, democracy is under threat and in danger by Dictator Didi herself. First #PriyankaSharma & now #TajinderBagga. यह दीदीगिरी नही चलेगी ! #SaveBengalSaveDemocracy #FreeTajinderBagga" Poll Violence in West Bengal: Election Commission Cuts Short Campaigning For Nine Constituencies by 20 Hours; PM Narendra Modi To Hold Rally In State Tomorrow. 

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The 'PM Narendra Modi' biopic actor was commenting on the violence that erupted on Tuesday during BJP president Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata. During the violent clash, a statue of iconic Bengali reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised, after which more than 100 people were detained.

Among the detained include BJP leader Tajinder Bagga, who was allegedly arrested at 2 am on Wednesday. Speaking to the media, Bagga had claimed that he had nothing to do with the violence. On the contrary, TMC leaders alleged BJP workers of vandalising the statue and invoking violence in the state's capital. Priyanka Sharma Arrest Row: PM Modi Jabs 'Artist' Mamata Banerjee, 'Draw My Murkiest Caricature, Will Not File FIR Against You'. 

Also, an FIR was lodged by TMC against Sharma for allegedly sharing an unsavoury meme of Mamata Banerjee on Facebook, where Banerjee’s face was photoshopped on to actor Priyanka Chopra’s picture from the MET Gala event in New York. Following this, she was arrested on May 10 and sent to two weeks' judicial custody.