Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday sparked a row after he wondered why the Shaheen Bagh protesters, who include women and children, are not falling ill or dying despite sitting on a demonstration for weeks under the open sky. He also sought to know who is funding the protesters.

He said while people are “committing suicide” in his state due to panic over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC), he asked why is nothing happening to Shaheen Bagh protesters demonstrating under the open sky in Delhi’s chilly winter.

“We came to know that women and children are protesting against the CAA and are sitting under the open sky during this cold winter nights in Delhi. I wonder why none of them has fallen sick. Why does nothing happen to them? Why has not a single protester died there? This is quite absurd. Have they consumed some sort of nectar that nothing is happening to them? But in Bengal, several people claimed to have committed suicide due to panic,” he said.

Hundreds of women have been protesting at the Shaheen Bagh in South Delhi against the CAA. The sit-in, which has been on for more than a month, has inspired others to hold similar demonstrations at Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata.

Ruling TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that over 30 people have committed suicide because of panic over the CAA and proposed nationwide NRC. He also questioned the source of funding at Shaheen Bagh and Park Circus Maidan protests.

Hundreds of Muslim women are demonstrating against the CAA and the proposed nationwide NRC at the Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata for 22 days.

“I wonder where from the money is coming. The truth about this will surely come out in the days to come,” he said.

Ghosh, the BJP MP from Midnapore seat, is known for courting controversies. A few days back he had said anti-CAA protesters who had destroyed public property were shot like dogs in BJP-ruled states.

(With PTI inputs)