In what’s being seen as embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bengal unit, former mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee, who was lately appointed the party’s observer for Kolkata zone, skipped a large road present within the metropolis on Monday.
There was additionally a flare up as BJP supporters got here head to head with Trinamool Congress employees in the course of the road present. Police, nonetheless, managed to stop any conflict between the 2 rival events.
The BJP’s Bengal unit had organized a large road present, which Chatterjee was supposed to guide together with Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP’s nationwide basic secretary and the party’s observer for the state.
Chatterjee had joined the BJP in August 2019 however had stayed away from energetic politics. Monday’s road present was being seen as a comeback for the previous TMC heavyweight chief. He was lately appointed because the Bengal BJP’s Kolkata zone observer. His pal Baisakhi Banerjee was made the co-convener of the Kolkata zone.
According to BJP leaders, conscious of the event, all was set for the rally and late-evening conferences had been additionally held with Chatterjee within the latter’s residence final evening.
Banerjee, nonetheless, advised a piece of the media on Monday morning that she was not invited and therefore wouldn’t be attending the rally. Later, Chatterjee additionally refused to attend the rally. HT couldn’t get in contact with Chatterjee as his cellphone was switched off.
In a injury management train, high BJP leaders stated that it was a party rally and a person shouldn’t be vital.
“The party is more important than an individual. The rally was held despite the police and TMC trying to create obstacles,” stated Samik Bhattacharya, BJP’s spokesperson for West Bengal.
The TMC took the chance to hit again with some sarcasm.
“The BJP made a mistake when they made a deal – buy one get one free,” stated Kunal Ghosh, a TMC spokesperson.
The rally’s route additionally needed to be lower brief and the variety of autos within the rally needed to be curtailed as Kolkata Police didn’t give permission.
The roadshow was lastly led by senior BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya, party’s National vp Mukul Roy and MP Arjun Singh.
Senior TMC chief and state minister Firhad Hakim stated, “We are not bothered if the BJP takes out a rally as we have other important work to do.”
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders within the state mentioned TMC rebels might not be welcome within the occasion, days after a number of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs give up the occasion.
“What my top bosses decide is a different thing but I will try my very best with all my might & honesty to ensure that NO #TMC leader who tormented, tortured (both physically & mentally) my grass root level BJP colleagues in Asansol, don’t get an entry in BJP,” union minister Babul Supriyo mentioned in a social media put up, with out naming anybody.
Agnimitra Paul, president of BJP Mahila Morcha within the state, too echoed Supriyo however mentioned that the BJP’s prime management would take the ultimate choice.
Barrackpore MLA, Shilbhadra Datta and Kanthi North legislator Banashree Maiti resigned on Friday, whereas TMC heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari give up the occasion on Thursday.
Former minister Shyamaprasad Mukherjee too has introduced on Friday that he would go away the occasion and be a part of the BJP. “Suvendu Adhikari is my leader. I am joining the BJP with him,” Mukherjee mentioned.
However, at Bishnupur in Bankura district, some BJP employees staged a protest and raised slogans in opposition to Mukherjee. “…when we came to know that he may join, we have informed the state leadership that the people of Bishnupur are peeved with the news,” mentioned Konai Dutta, a BJP chief.
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday alleged that with surging political violence, the regulation and order scenario of the state has grow to be “worse than Kashmir” and is “similar to that of Iran and Iraq”.
He additionally accused the TMC authorities of delaying the native our bodies’ elections.
“If municipal elections can take place in Hyderabad and Assam, why not here. The situation is worse than Kashmir and is similar to that of Iran and Iraq. Didi (Mamata Banerjee) has proved that West Bengal’s law and order is not conducive to go for polls,” he mentioned whereas addressing a celebration assembly in town.
He additionally challenged the Mamata Banerjee dispensation to carry polls to all of the native our bodies concurrently, not simply the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections.
Ghosh mentioned the BJP was not allowed to marketing campaign over the past panchayat elections, and its staff have been overwhelmed up and pushed out of cubicles.
He asserted that the TMC will lose the elections to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and different civic our bodies.
Ghosh’s feedback got here after a senior state election fee (SEC) official had on Tuesday mentioned the West Bengal authorities was eager on holding the KMC polls throughout the first half of March.
The opposition BJP had met SEC officers in October and demanded that the KMC elections be held earlier than meeting polls.
Civic polls have been slated to be held in April 2020, however the state authorities deferred the method owing to the Covid- 19 pandemic.
Elections to 107 municipalities of the state and the KMC are being considered as a litmus check for the TMC and the BJP, forward of the 2021 meeting polls, prone to be held in April- May.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will begin campaigning from January for implementation of the new citizenship law in ballot-certain West Bengal, the celebration’s nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and nationwide vice-president Mukul Roy introduced at a public assembly in Kolkata on Sunday afternoon.
The subject is certain to extend political stress in the state as chief minister Mamata Banerjee is against the law and has declared that she is going to by no means implement it.
Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who can also be chief of the celebration in the Lok Sabha, stated, “What stopped the BJP from enforcing the law earlier? Since it is ready to go ahead now it should start with Assam.”
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act affords citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh earlier than December 31, 2014. Opponents of the law, amongst whom Banerjee is a distinguished face, insist that it’s discriminatory and unconstitutional because it leaves out Muslims and hyperlinks citizenship to religion in a secular nation.
Accusing Banerjee of appeasing Muslims, Vijayvargiya stated at a BJP programme at Mayo Road in Kolkata that his celebration will hit the streets subsequent month to marketing campaign for the implementation of the law.
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“The chief minister calls the Prime Minister outsider. She calls the Union home minister outsider. But to her, the Rohingya refugees, who are spreading terror, and the infiltrators from Bangladesh are not outsiders. Are you (Mamata Banerjee) their aunt?” stated Vijayvargiya.
“Mamata Ji is opposed to giving citizenship to Hindus who came to India as refugees. Why should we allow that? Do Hindu refugees not have the right to live as citizens with equal status?” he stated.
Mukul Roy made it clear that the difficulty can be raised by the BJP throughout marketing campaign for the essential meeting elections due in six months.
“We will go to the people. Citizenship is an important issue. The TMC cannot read the writing on the wall. That is immaturity in politics. We will win the election with more than 200 (of 294) seats. If we cannot win more than 200 seats all this hard work will mean nothing,” stated Roy.
The TMC management stated it is going to resist all makes an attempt by the BJP to implement the law in the state.
“Mamata Banerjee made her stand clear long ago. We are opposed to the law and we will resist the BJP,” stated TMC Lok Sabha member and celebration spokesperson Saugata Roy.
CPI(M) lawmaker and chief of the Left events in the state meeting Sujan Chakraborty stated, “We are aware of the BJP’s plans but I will not react right now.”
The CPI(M)’s central and state management are against the law.
BJP nationwide vice chairman Mukul Roy, who was named in a supplementary chargesheet filed within the TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas homicide case, on Saturday termed the event as an absolute conspiracy against him.
“This is an absolute conspiracy. I challenge Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also the Home Minister, to come and spell out the charges against me in public. I’ll walk into jail if the public says that I can be involved in such acts,” Roy advised ANI right here.
He stated that the state authorities is leveling false allegations within the matter forward of the upcoming elections.
Roy was named within the supplementary chargesheet filed by the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) earlier than Ranaghat courtroom in Nadia district on Saturday within the matter. He was questioned on a number of events by the CID in reference to the case.
Mukul Roy was amongst 4 individuals who had been named answerable for allegedly killing Biswas. However, the BJP chief had claimed that the allegations had been levelled on the instructions of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Biswas, who was elected from Krishnaganj in Nadia district, was shot lifeless by unidentified assailants at Phulbari in Jalpaiguri in February 2019. The incident occurred when Biswas was attending Saraswati Puja celebrations at Phulbari.
According to reviews, the lawmaker was shot a number of instances from an in depth vary when he was coming down from the stage after attending the occasion. (ANI)