Murshidabad: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday attacked Mamata Banerjee and questioned her motive behind protecting Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Questioning her intent behind staging a dharna for three days, Chouhan said, “Mamata ji, not only Bengal but entire nation wants to know why do you want to protect Rajeev Kumar. Who would’ve landed in trouble had he been interrogated? She sits on dharna worrying, she loses her sleep. We want answers. Has an IPS officer ever sat on a dharna?”

After denying permission to both Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath, the state government on Wednesday refused to grant permission to former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s helicopter to land in West Bengal for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) poll campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

The state BJP confirmed that Chouhan’s rally had been cancelled after the district administration refused to grant permission to allow the chopper to land in the state. Chouhan was scheduled to address two rallies on Wednesday – one in Murshidabad district and the other at West Midnapore district.

BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said, “We have decided to cancel the rally today as we were not given permission to land the chopper at Baharampur in Murshidabad district. He will be attending the rally at Kharagpur today.”

As per reports, Chouhan will travel to Kharagpur by road after landing at the Kolkata airport. Accusing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of indulging in “vendetta politics”, Basu asserted that by denying permission to land helicopters in the state, the party would not be able to stop BJP’s march ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Two days back, the West Bengal government denied permission to land Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s chopper in the state following which he had to travel to Balurghat by road. The BJP state government had then questioned the undemocratic behaviour of the TMC government with BJP leader Mukul Roy saying he was unable to understand the reason behind the denial of permission.

Earlier, BJP President Amit Shah’s chopper was also not allowed to land in the state. Meanwhile, the TMC has rejected BJP’s claims saying that it was likely that the district administration took the decision keeping in mind the security aspect.