BJP Bengal President's Convoy Attacked in Kandi, Party Alleges TMC Involvement
By: Sashwata Saha
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh's convoy was attacked in Kandi area of Murshidabad district on Wednesday evening. The attack comes one week after an explosion at a Malda based factory which killed five BJP ground-level workers and two children.
Ghosh’s spokesperson told Newshound India Foundation that the Hindutva leader was on his way to Baharampur to attend a party meeting. “A few kilometres before the destination, we were beset by ruffians from the local Trinamool party office attacked our convoy with bricks and rocks,” they said. While Ghosh was unhurt, his car was heavily damaged. Additionally, one of his bodyguards and some of the party workers who had gotten out were attacked with cricket bats and sticks.
Ghosh filed a complaint at the Kandi police station soon afterwards. So far, no one has been arrested. In an interview with ABP Ananda shortly after the attack took place, Ghosh said, “The barbarians of Trinamool talk of democracy, free speech and rights and then they attack the Opposition leader’s car with the intention of murder. Just goes on to say all you need to know about the hypocritic Mamata regime.”
(Please note that Abdul Mannan of Congress is the Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.)
Apurba Sarkar, the MLA from the Kandi constituency denied the allegations strongly. A party spokesperson said, “There’s massive infighting within BJP’s West Bengal unit. Mukul Roy’s supporters had attacked Dilip Ghosh’s convoy. Both Mr Roy and Mr Ghosh are at loggerheads on various issues. The fighting has been escalating for some time, now.”
As the 2021 State Assembly elections draw closer, West Bengal has been in a downward spiral of political violence. So far, over 25 politically motivated murders have been reported by national media houses since July. Local media estimates point puts the death toll at over 35.
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