With Assembly elections scheduled in West Bengal in April-May of 2021 and the BJP not ready to take any chances, the saffron party’s Bengal unit has now written to the Election Commission for an early deployment of central forces.
Notably, the BJP has repeatedly attacked the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. BJP MLA Sabyasachi Dutta has termed the situation in Bengal “worse than Kashmir”. The party has also demanded the urgent imposition of the Model Code of Conduct as per the provisions of the Representation of People’s Act.
BJP is seeking an early deployment of central forces saying that the ruling government in collusion with the police will make poll campaigning very difficult for the saffron party. The letter to the EC comes ahead of the visit of deputy election commissioner Sudip Jain along with a team of ECI officials ahead of their visit to the state. The team is coming for taking stock of the situation and for preparing for the Assembly poll.
BJP leaders’ convoy attacked
The convoy of BJP leaders JP Nadda and Kailash Vijayvargiya was attacked on December 10 in West Bengal. The vehicles of the BJP leaders were targeted when they were on their way to Diamond Harbour for meeting BJP workers ahead of the Assembly polls.
A video in this regard was shared by Kailash Vijayvargiya on his Twitter account. In the video, protestors were seen raising slogans against the BJP and pelting stones on the convoy as the police struggled to control the crowd. The video shows the windshield and side windows of Vijayvargiya’s car cracking due to the stone-pelting.
Earlier, Dilip Ghosh had alleged a security lapse at a BJP event attended by JP Nadda on Wednesday last week, following which the Union home ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government over the concerns raised by the BJP leaders.
Meanwhile, Kailash Vijayvargiya had condemned the attack, whereas Nadda had said that Maa Durga’s grace saved him. The BJP has been demanding that the Assembly polls are held amid the presence of Central forces.
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