Kolkata: Alleging heckling by TMC workers on the last day of campaign for the byelections in the Bhabanipur seat contested by none other than West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, BJP National vice president Dilip Ghosh has appealed to the Election Commission to postpone the elections scheduled for September 30.
Speaking to the media today, Ghosh said as quoted by ANI, “Election Commission is aware of everything. We’ve complained to them several times in Delhi and Kolkata. Despite this, no security arrangement was made. There is no point to hold polls if we can’t reach out to voters. People are living in constant fear.”
Lashing out at TMC workers, Ghosh said, “While I was campaigning in Bhabanipur today, TMC workers hurled abuses at me. I was meeting some people at a vaccination centre when some people suddenly surrounded me and started jostling. One of our workers was badly beaten.”
Ghosh also accused the local police of working in tandem with the ‘hooligans.’ “I was also attacked. Local police didn’t help. My security tried to stop it and they brought out their guns to scare the attackers. Arjun Singh was also surrounded and he was forced to leave the area amid ‘go back’ slogans.”
BJP has fielded lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal who too has earlier cried foul for not being allowed by TMC workers and local cops to reach out to voters. For Banerjee, who suffered defeat in the hands of BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari at Nandigram in the Assembly elections earlier this year, Bhabanipur is a prestige issue as she gears up to challenge the Narendra Modi government in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
An infuriated Tibrewal later said, “CM Mamata Banerjee is instigating attacks on people so that she can maintain her post. She doesn’t care about the lives of civilians. She only loves her seat: Priyanka Tibrewal, BJP candidate for Bhabanipur by-poll on ruckus during the party’s campaign today.”