The Bharatiya Janata Party has accused Trinamool Congress of failing to maintain law and order in West Bengal following the attack Dilip Ghosh’s convoy and the death of a BJP worker.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a protest slamming the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal after a convoy of its Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh was allegedly attacked, and a party worker was killed in Purba Medinipur district of the state. The BJP said there is “goonda raj” in West Bengal as law and order has collapsed in the state.
The workers of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) held a demonstration in Kolkata following the attack on Dilip Ghosh’s convoy. The BJP workers also staged protest at various places across Howrah.
The BJP has blamed the TMC for attack on its workers and the killing of party member Gokul Chandra Jana, 62, in Purba Medinipur. The deceased had reportedly complained against a local TMC leader for flouting quarantine despite testing positive for Covid-19.
Reacting to the attack on his convoy in Alipurduar, BJP’s state unit chief Dilip Ghosh said, “The people will five a befitting reply to TMC’s [Trinamool Congress] violence in 2021.”
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar also took the opportunity to mount an attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s administration. “The district administration at Coochbehar @MamataOfficial was in breach of protocol. There was no guard of honour @WBPolice and DM and SP @HomeBengal were absent. All indications of politicised working visible.”
Dhankhar also criticised CM and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of depriving him of the ‘right to information’ on his arrival at the Bagdogra airport from Coochbeehar on Thursday. Governor Jageep Dhankar said, “Mamata Banerjee says that everyone in Bengal has the right to information but why the Governor is deprived of such rights and gets no response for his queries?”
The West Bengal Governor went on to add that Rs 12.30 lakh crore were invested in the state during the Bengal Global Business Summit under five editions. “The governor had asked where was it invested?? What is the detail report of the investment? But no one answered. I had asked five questions but none were answered at the end I wrote to the chief minister on 26 August but till now I have not got any answer,” Jagdeep Dhankar wrote.
The Governor of West Bengal also gave assurances about free and fair elections in the state. He said, “Rule of law is in nose diving in West Bengal. Elections will be free and fair and according to the law. We are in an explosive situation. Threat to democracy is increasing day by day and I cannot be a silent spectator.”
Here are 10 points on the developments in West Bengal:
Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh’s convoy was allegedly attacked in West Bengal’s Alipurduar. The Bengal BJP chief was greeted with black flags and stones were hurled at his convoy. Ghosh’s vehicle was damaged in the attack.
The BJP held a press conference soon after the incident. BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia slammed the TMC over the alleged attack on Ghosh’s convoy during the press conference. He said, “It clearly shows frustration of (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee after Bihar election result.”
After the alleged attack, Dilip Ghosh told reporters that the TMC and their friends are getting “desperate” as they can sense defeat in the upcoming assembly polls in the stat. “However such tactics won’t work. People are with us,” Ghosh said.
Dilip Ghosh claimed that the incident showed that low and order has completely collapsed in Bengal. Gaurav Bhatia said there is “goonda raj” in West Bengal.
Several BYJM and BJP workers protested at various place over the attack on Dilip Ghosh’s convoy. The BYJM workers took out a protest march in Kolkata, while several BJP workers hit the street in Howrah.
The TMC, however, dismissed the BJP’s charge saying none of its party members was involved in the attack on Ghosh’s convoy. District TMC chief Sourav Chakraborty alleged Ghosh was trying to foment trouble in north Bengal while maintaining that none of his party activists took part in attacking Ghosh’s convoy.
The attack on Ghosh’s convoy came a few days after he had warned the TMC workers saying if they (TMC workers) do not mend their ways, they would either have to visit a hospital or a crematorium.
Anubrata Mandal, a TMC leader from Birbhum, hit out at Dilip Ghosh for his comments and justified the attack on Ghosh’s convoy. He said a “mad person like Ghosh who does not know how to speak — referring to his hate speech — deserves it”.
The BJP also blamed the ruling TMC in Bengal for the death of a 62-year-old party worker in Purba Medinipur district. The worker, identified as Gokul Chandra Jana, 62, had complained against a local TMC leader for reportedly flouting quarantine despite testing positive for Covid-19.
During the press conference, BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia said 115 BJP workers have been killed so far in Bengal and blamed the TMC for failing to maintain law and order. He claimed that the people of the state have made up their mind to throw out Mamata’s government in West Bengal. “Didi (Mamata) is behaving like a TMC CM,” Bhatia said.