New Delhi: Former Bharatiya Janata Party West Bengal President Dilip Ghosh was manhandled in Bhawanipore, allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers on Monday when he was campaigning for the upcoming Assembly bypoll. According to Dilip Ghosh, the TMC workers hurled abuses on him when he was meeting people at a vaccination centre. “I and one of BJP workers were attacked. My security tried to stop it & they brought out their guns to scare the attackers. Arjun Singh was also surrounded and he was forced to leave the area amid ‘go back’ slogans. Local police didn’t help,” Dilip Ghosh said.Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Restrictions Imposed In THIS Town After Surge in Covid-19 Cases | Check What's Allowed, What's Not

“Election Commission is aware of everything. We’ve complained to them several times in Delhi & Kolkata. Despite this, no security arrangement was made. There is no point to hold polls if we can’t reach out to voters. People are living in constant fear,” Dilip Ghosh further added. Also Read - He Can Get Me Shot, Says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Lalu Prasad Yadav's 'Visarjan' Claim

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On Monday, the last day of campaigning, the BJP deployed a large group of party leaders in Bhabanipur, including Ghosh, in support of party candidate Priyanka Tibrewal, who is contesting the bypoll against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Here are the key updates:

  1. We demand Section 144 be imposed in the entire Bhabanipur till the election process is complete. CAPF, area domination personnel should be posted in and out of voting booths. CCTVs should be linked to EC: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta
  2. It was seen that 8 attackers were connected with TMC leader Madan Mitra. Central forces managed to rescue our leaders. These kinds of incidents demoralise people: BJP leader Shishir Bajoria on ruckus during party’s campaign in Bhabanipur today.
  3. BJP delegation meets Chief Election Officer in Kolkata over ruckus during party’s campaign in Bhabanipur today. “MP Arjun Singh & national vice president Dilip Ghosh were assaulted, in order to spread an atmosphere of terror in Bhabanipur,”says BJP’s Swapan Dasgupta
  4. A delegation of BJP to meet Chief Election Officer today in Kolkata over Bhabanipore ruckus issue
  5. CM Mamata Banerjee is instigating attacks on people so that she can maintain her post. She doesn’t care about the lives of civilians. She only loves her seat: Priyanka Tibrewal, BJP candidate for Bhabanipur by-poll
  6. While I was campaigning in Bhabanipur today, TMC workers hurled abuses at me. I was meeting some people at a vaccination centre when some people suddenly surrounded me & started jostling. One of our workers was badly beaten: BJP national vice president Dilip Ghosh

  • Situation is very critical & Election Commission is not doing anything. A team of our party met them in Delhi & here also (in Kolkata) our delegation had met them many times but EC hasn’t taken any action till now: WB LoP Suvendu Adhikari