Kolkata: Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh’s convoy was attacked in East Midnapore’s Khejuri. Assam Deputy Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was also a part of the convoy. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
ANI said while the leaders escaped unhurt, two vehicles were completely vandalised. Media reports said that CRPF arrived on the spot but TMC cadres blocked roads from both the sides, not allowing the forces to rescue the leaders.
Poll-related violence is a contentious issue in the state. The BJP has already approached the Election Commission to complain about poll-related violence during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
‘The BJP delegation comprised Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel and Anil Baluni. Later, addressing media, Naqvi said, “We raised the issue of poll violence in West Bengal. We have asked for deputation of Central forces at all polling booths so that free and fair elections can be held in the state.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also raised the issue and claimed that the public was scared to step out for voting.
She said, “In spite of the Central forces coming and assuring the voters that their presence will make a difference, didi’s syndicate morcha people are all over the place. Mamata Banerjee screams about democracy but she is the one who is violating democracy.”
She added, “People will be scared to come to polling booths if violence continues in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is destroying the democracy in the state.”