‘Situation in Bengal agitating nationalists, party stands by Ghosh’, says Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Election Commission should take action against CM’s remark on central forces, says Rudy.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: March 18, 2016 11:20 am

Defending the unsavoury remarks of state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on several issues including those against alleged anti-national elements, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said the party supports his sentiment and no action would be taken against him.

“It is always desirable in a political party or the representatives of the political party that they exercise restrain in expressing themselves. But as far as the sentiment of the state president is concerned, we are with him, although there is always a different way of putting things,”

Rudy said on the sidelines of BJP’s Intellectual Cell meeting in Kolkata.

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He added that the political situation in West Bengal is such that it could agitate any political worker. “Those who are nationalists get agitated when anything anti-national is spoken. No individual will accept any statement against this country. This is an anguish which needs to be expressed in several words. Language is something which establishes dignity but anguish at times makes you take things to a level which should be avoided,” the minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship said.

Ghosh, on Wednesday, had said during a party meeting at Suri in Birbhum that anyone who would chant slogans such as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ would be chopped off six inches from the head. On Saturday, while addressing a rally at Gosaba in South-24 Parganas district, the state BJP president referred to the agitation at Jadavpur University and said, “They are only chanting slogans inside the campus. Do it outside. We will beat you up with shoes to mend your ways. You will forget the names of your ancestors.”

Referring to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s interview where she had said that central forces would be there for three days only, but the state government would provide security for the whole year, Rudy said the Election Commission should look into it.

“If Mamata didi has made such a statement, it sounds like she is threatening voters to support her for those three days, else she will not help them throughout the year. The EC should take action against these statements and must ensure that there is a fair and democratic election.”

“With the election being announced, the Election Commission is in charge. The Centre will provide all support to the Commission in its efforts to ensure a free and fair poll,” the minister added.

“West Bengal has a history of electoral violence and the Left, Congress and Trinamool Congress all have a role in it,” Rudy said, adding that the Commission should take care to make it a violence-free election, which will be held in the state in six phases from April 4.