“There is no democracy in the state. The government is slaughtering democracy here. I met the Governor and apprised him of the present law and order situation in the state and how democracy is being murdered,” Mukul Roy said
The controversy over ‘Biswa Bangla’ started when former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, who is now with the BJP, alleged that Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Mamata, owned the logo and that it was not a government entity.
“This is an attempt to destroy my goodwill with lies. If any allegations are proved correct, I will quit politics. Else Mukul Roy should leave the state,” Banerjee said inside the court
On November 21, the court had passed an interim injunction order against Roy, stopping him from making any further statements linking Abhishek to the Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation
After Mukul Roy was granted security, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government had sent a letter to the Union Home Ministry, highlighting that law and order is a state matter.
BJP workers alleged that the entire incident took place in the presence of police officers, who were mute spectators.
In its observations, the court said that Abhishek should be a shareholder and board member while it did not find any relationship between him and Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and Jaago Bangla Media Limited.
Central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan opposed the petition and questioned the jurisdiction, saying if at all any cause of action arises, it should be at a court in West Bengal.
Roy held separate meetings with BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha, state party president Dilip Ghosh, state BJP’s women wing chief Locket Chatterjee and its Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured Mukul Roy of appropriate action after examining his complaint that the West Bengal government was monitoring his movements
Roy had recently quit the TMC, following differences with its supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and joined the saffron party
Speaking to reporters outside Raj Bhawan, Mukul Roy said, “Government officers are trying to mislead the people of Bengal. The state government does not own the Biswa Bangla logo.”
The allegation comes days after the former Trinamool leader joined the BJP and fired the first salvo by alleging in a public meeting that Abhishek owns the logo of Biswa Bangla — a brand promoted by the state government.
The notice, which was sent to the BJP’s West Bengal unit headquarters in Kolkata, demanded that Mukul Roy desist from making or circulating any defamatory comment.
Roy has written a strongly worded letter to the West Bengal principal secretary, home affairs, and principal secretary for micro, small and medium enterprises on the Biswa Bangla logo.