West Bengal BJP leader Dilip Ghosh on Monday demanded the postponement of Bhabanipur bypoll, alleging he and other BJP leaders were attacked during campaigning by the TMC workers.
File photo of Dilip Ghosh | TMC
West Bengal BJP leader Dilip Ghosh has demanded the postponement of the Bhabanipur bypoll. The BJP has pitted Priyanka Tibrewal against Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in the September 30 bye-election crucial for her to retain her chief ministership.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, BJP’s national vice president Dilip Ghosh alleged that he and other party workers were attacked on the campaign trail by TMC cadre.
Ghosh said he was distributing leaflets in Bhabanipur when TMC workers started raising slogans against the BJP. “Then I entered a vaccination centre. They gheraoed me. That attacked me. Started beating up our workers,” he said, adding that the same happened with BJP MP Arjun Singh.
Ghosh also said that it was only after he was allegedly attacked that his security personnel wielded their weapons to ensure his safety.
“My life was at stake. That is why they took such steps. EC should have taken adequate steps on security measures but we cannot see that.”
“It’s happening daily. We have already contacted the police but they did not help us. Even one policeman in civilian clothes, who tried to save us, has been beaten,” Dilip Ghosh told reporters.
Claiming that “free and fair voting is not possible” under these circumstances, former West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh demanded that the Bhabanipur bypoll be postponed.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) had been informed but they did not take any action, Ghosh told reporters. He added that a delegation of BJP leaders had met EC officials with these demands.
“If we cannot campaign, then we demand that this bye-election be cancelled. This election has been imposed on us and itself raises questions at the Election Commission,” he said.
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