Kailash Vijayvargiya’s convoys, JP Nadda’s vehicles attacked in Bengal
Shruti Rathi | West Bengal | With inputs from ANI
Vehicles of BJP leaders JP Nadda and Kailash Vijayvargiya’s convoys were attacked in Bengal as the two leaders were on their way to Diamond Harbour on Thursday to meet party workers for the Bengal elections in 2021.
Stones were hurled at BJP national president JP Nadda’s convoy on way to Diamond Harbour in West Bengal, alleged Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Thursday.
“…there exists complete violation on the part of WB Police & administration to ensure full security arrangements for Hon’ble @JPNadda ji, wrote to Hon’ble @HMOIndia @AmitShah on this… pic.twitter.com/pkSq8yoCKk
— Dilip Ghosh (@DilipGhoshBJP) December 10, 2020
Kailash Vijayvargiya’s convoy was also attacked on Thursday and stones were hurled at his vehicle. Vijayvargiya has shared a video showing a cracked windshield of the car he is travelling in.
As the convoys of JP Nadda and Vijayvargiya were headed towards Diamond Harbour on Thursday, protesters gathered on the streets and attempted to block the road to stop Nadda’s convoy from passing. Protesters also pelted stones at the vehicle. Nadda was on his way to South 24 Paraganas to address a meeting of BJP workers.
Following the attack, police managed to escort the vehicles out of the area.
बंगाल पुलिस को पहले ही राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री @JPNadda जी के कार्यक्रम की जानकारी दी गई थी, लेकिन एक बार फिर बंगाल पुलिस नाकाम रही। सिराकोल बस स्टैंड के पास पुलिस के सामने ही #TMC गुंडों ने हमारे कार्यकर्ताओं को मारा और मेरी गाड़ी पर पथराव किया। #BengalSupportsBJP pic.twitter.com/G882Ewhq9M
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) December 10, 2020
Diamond Harbour town president of BJP, Surajit Halder, was physically assaulted on Thursday morning. He has been taken to the hospital. Another local leader, named Santana Mondal, was also at the receiving end of an onslaught, reported Bengali portal The Wall.
“There isn’t a car in our convoy which was not attacked. I am safe because I was travelling in a bulletproof car. This state of lawlessness and intolerance in West Bengal has to end,” said BJP President JP Nadda at South 24 Paraganas.
Earlier today, Dilip Ghosh had alleged a security lapse at a BJP event attended by JP Nadda on Wednesday, following which the Union Home Ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government over the concerns raised by the BJP leaders.
There has been a security lapse during party president JP Nadda’s visit to the state. There was no presence of police at his events yesterday. I’ve written to Home Minister Amit Shah & administration here: West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh in Kolkata pic.twitter.com/2b7UoAi5H8
— ANI (@ANI) December 10, 2020
“There was no police security on the road. I wrote a letter to Amit Shah and also informed the local administration about this. The state ruling party did not cooperate for the security of the president of the ruling party in India. Today also I think that they will create a ruckus on road. We can’t expect much from them,” said Dilip Ghosh.
“This is to inform you that the National President of our party Shri JP Nadda Ji is presently visiting West Bengal on a two-day Prabash program (9th & 10th December 2020) towards party related matters. Today during his different engagement in Kolkata, it was observed that there were serious lapses on security arrangements, purportedly due to negligence and/or casual approach of the State Police Department,” he wrote in the letter.
“At our party office at Hastings, Kolkata, there was a mob of more than 200 people armed with sticks, bamboos, etc., who were raising black flags. Some of them climbed on the cars parked outside the office and raised slogans. Police did not intervene and casually allowed them to come within a close perimeter of Nadda Ji’s vehicle. During the whole day’s program, the pilot car provided by the State Police did not create a smooth and safe passage for Shri Nadda Ji for traveling from one place to another. His convoy was stopped at many traffic lights, causing serious concern for potential security hazards,” he said.
This is a black day in the history of Indian politics. Even the media is not safe in West Bengal: Dilip Ghosh, State BJP President on the attack on BJP President’s convoy at Diamond Harbour#WestBengal pic.twitter.com/fyoXOKijm0
— ANI (@ANI) December 10, 2020
Dr. Anirban Ganguly, the Director of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, the think tank of the BJP, tweeted that TMC will have to face the consequences of the terror.
Sh @JPNadda‘s car has been brickbated, stones are being hurled, #WestBengal Chief Minister & Chief Secretary cannot escape responsibility, they will have to face the consequences of such acts of terror perpetrated under their watch.
— Dr. Anirban Ganguly (@anirbanganguly) December 10, 2020
Keshav Prasad Maurya, a BJP member tweeted, “Mamta Banerjee ji, you will not be able to stop the BJP’s victory chariot in West Bengal on the strength of violence and TMC goons.”
ममता बनर्जी जी आप हिंसा के सहारे और TMC के गुंडों के बल पर भाजपा के विजय रथ को पश्चिम बंगाल में नहीं रोक पाओगी भाजपा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष माननीय श्री जेपी नड्डा जी के नेतृत्व में भाजपा के कार्यकर्ता जनता के आशीर्वाद से कमल खिलायेंगे ख़ुशहाली लायेंगे
— Keshav Prasad Maurya (@kpmaurya1) December 10, 2020
The BJP has alleged Trinamool Congress (TMC) of being the mastermind behind the attacks. The governing party, though, has refused the accusations.
Reacting to the charges against the ruling Trinamool Congress, party leader Madan Mitra said, “BJP’s this visit is perhaps last to Bhowanipore as people and party workers are ready to give a befitting reply. We saw what anti-socials of BJP are trying to do. Enough is enough. Today, TMC is ready. There’s only one face in Bengal that is Mamata Banerjee.”
BJP Vice President Mukul Roy said, “Looking at today’s situation, President’s rule should be immediately imposed in West Bengal.”