BJP Rajya Sabha member Roopa Ganguly on Wednesday attacked the government over the alleged increased incidence of acid attacks in Bengal. “Is the concern of our Chief Minister for the welfare of the people of Bengal limited to the issue of demonetisation only?” Ganguly said in a tweet, expressing her dismay at the state of affairs.
She said there had been 59 acid attacks in 2015 in the state, which was “second in terms of acid attacks” in the country. Ganguly’s attack, BJP insiders said, was a change in tactic.
Earlier, state party chief Dilip Ghosh had said his party could have “dragged” Mamata “by the hair”, that she was “insane” and the party had “expected her to jump into the Ganges”.
None of this, party sources said, had gone down well with their supporters. As one leader put it, “In Bengal, personal attacks of any kind have historically not paid dividends. Particularly when the attack is directed at a woman CM. Amit Shah’s ‘Bhag Mamata’ comment had done more harm than good and Ghosh’s comments are
similar.” BJP believes Roopa Ganguly, the actress-turned-politician, is capable of turning the tide in their favour.
“Chit funds, rapes, acid attacks, negligence in public healthcare, unemployment! How much more would people of Bengal suffer? Who has the answer?” she asked.
“Where is she, when acid is brought and sold? When women await justice for years? When rape survivors are embarrassed by police and in courts?” she asked.
Ganguly noted that the Supreme Court had prohibited selling concentrated acids in 2013, despite which access to corrosives substances seems “shamefully easy” in Bengal. “
In 2016, there have been #acidattacks in Birati, Nadia, Hoogly etc. Their frequencies only increasing, day by day, year by year in Bengal,’ Ganguly tweeted.