Updated: May 30, 2016 8:05:01 am
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has kicked up a storm with his remarks that his party workers, “trained” by RSS, can break the shoulders of Trinamool Congress activists with “bare hands”. When asked about his comments on Sunday, Ghosh stuck to his statement, claiming BJP was ready to fight the ruling party in “whichever way it wanted”.
In West Medinipur on Friday, Ghosh had reportedly asked Trinamool workers to “stop” violence, “mend” their ways or face “consequences” when they travel outside Bengal. “They can’t do whatever they want and beat up our cadres without reasons. Trinamool is thinking they can do whatever they want. But they should remember one thing that out of Bengal, it’s only BJP and BJP alone,” Ghosh told a public rally in Kharagpur.
“If they (Trinamool) have 211 MLAs, then we have more than 1,000 MLAs and MPs across India. If they step outside Bengal, we will teach them a lesson. Their family members should mark their name with red ink when they go out of their homes,” he had said.
“Don’t instigate us. We are warning you. I don’t interfere but if you provoke me, I will not be good. I am warning you there will be no happiness. I will first cut off water supply, then power, then I will shut the door and thrash you. We are capable of everything. The boys are trained by RSS and are ready. Your shoulders will be broken,” he added.
Ghosh said he has to just dial 11 digits. “You will be thrashed from the airport to your house, then from the house to the hospital. No one will find you. Your families will learn about you from a photograph on WhatsApp,” he added.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ghosh on Sunday said: “The party is ready to fight Trinamool in whichever way it wanted… Trinamool workers are attacking our party members across the state… Not only have BJP workers been summoned to kangaroo courts and fined between Rs 10,000 and Rs 2 lakh, our top leaders, including Roopa Ganguly, have been attacked.” He added that the Trinamool leadership has not even appealed to its workers to stop such attacks.
“Police do not work here. If Mamata Banerjee orders the police force not to intervene for seven days, we are ready to take on Trinamool workers, one on one,” Ghosh claimed.
He said that in Assam, BJP had won the Assembly polls, but no Opposition worker was touched. “In Bengal, a bloodbath is going on… If Trinamool doesn’t stop violence, then the children of Trinamool workers would become orphans,” he added.
Claiming that Trinamool workers have to be spoken to in the language they understand, he said: “Politics should happen in a democratic way. There is a limit to our patience. If they cross it, we should also reply in the same language,” he said.
When contacted, BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain, S S Ahluwalia and Rahul Sinha refused to speak to The Indian Express. A state party leader, however, said on the condition of anonymity: “Ghosh lacks political sense. He said all this for cheap publicity. This is highly unbecoming of a state president of a national party. He has suddenly become the party president and also won from his Assembly seat. This is why other party leaders are not ready to comment on the issue.”
Reacting to Ghosh’s remarks, Trinamool vice-president Mukul Roy said: “This is totally unacceptable. We will write to both the Houses of Parliament. These comments only prove who is the victim and who are the perpetrators.”
“There is a BJP leader, who day after day, is commenting on women or threatening to beat up Trinamool followers. This is very unfortunate. This is not the kind of politics one should pursue,” state Health and Family Welfare Minister Sashi Panja said, adding that in a democracy, someone wins and someone loses an election.
Trinamool leader in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandopadhyay, condemned the remarks and said he would write to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan drawing her attention to the issue.
With PTI inputs
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