Updated: April 8, 2021 5:38:55 am
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday alleged that TMC workers attacked his car with bombs and bricks in Cooch Behar district while returning from a rally in Sitalkuchi. The TMC refuted the allegations and said the attack on the BJP leader was a fallout of an infighting in his own party.
Ghosh said that the car’s window glasses, including the one on his side, were smashed in the attack and a brick hit him that injured his left hand.
“The state of democracy in West Bengal is pathetic. TMC goons carrying party flags hurled crude bombs on my vehicle and shattered my vehicle’s window. They also assaulted several BJP workers and vandalised cars. The policemen were seen retreating. This happened following a public meeting at Sitalkuchi, at the very spot where the meeting was conducted,” Ghosh tweeted.
“I was waiting in my vehicle after our meeting as people were leaving the venue. At that moment, we were attacked with bombs, bricks and sticks by people holding TMC flags,” added Ghosh.
“If this is the situation, how can one expect free and fair polls in Cooch Behar, where people had voted for change in the 2019 Lok Sabha election,” Ghosh said.
State of democracy in Paschim Banga is pathetic. TMC goons carrying TMC flags hurled crude bombs on my vehicle and shattered my vehicle's window. They also assaulted multiple karyakartas of BJP and also vandalised multiple cars. Police men were seen retreating. pic.twitter.com/x7GlRvd0q0
— Dilip Ghosh (@DilipGhoshBJP) April 7, 2021
Cooch Behar district will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 10. The BJP won seven seats in North Bengal, including Cooch Behar, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
It was alleged that TMC workers, who were returning from a rally of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got involved in a clash with BJP workers who were attending Ghosh’s public meeting.
TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that his party workers were not involved in the attack. “Our party had no role to play in this incident. It was a fallout of a BJP infighting as their workers in Cooch Behar were not happy with the selection of candidates. It could also be a result of the provocative statements made by Ghosh. He should refrain from making such statements to reduce the chance of being at the receiving of people’s anger,” said Ghosh.
Later in the evening, BJP leaders and workers, led by Lok Sabha MP Saumitra Khan, sat on a dharna outside the Chief Electoral Officer in central Kolkata demanding action against the alleged attackers.
In the past few years, Ghosh’s convoy had come under attack on multiple occasions.
Shahnawaz also says he was attacked by TMC men in Howrah
BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain has alleged that stones were pelted at him in Howrah on Tuesday night when he was campaigning for the elections.
The BJP leader posted on social media a video in which he was seen showing two stones to the officer on duty and blaming the Trinamool Congress (TMC).“TMC workers pelted stones on me while I was addressing a meeting at Muzzafar Chowk,” Hussain tweeted on Tuesday, and added that he was safe and party workers had lodged a complaint.
The TMC denied any involvement of its workers and said the BJP was staging a “drama” to get attention as the Opposition party’s roadshows and meetings were “failing” to draw crowds.
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