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West Bengal BJP chief Ghosh’s allegations get sharp retort from Trinamool


NEW DELHI: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh alleged on Sunday that the state government led by Mamata Banerjee was “giving shelter to terrorists” from across the country and protecting “anti-national” elements, but the ruling Trinamool was quick to refute the charges and accused BJP of trying to generate an “atmosphere of fear based on lies”.

Ghosh, who was visiting the communally sensitive North 24 Parganas district for a party event, alleged that people were “living in a state of fear” and that the Trinamool had now joined hands with forces it had once labelled “anti-national” with an eye on three assembly seats in the Hills.

He was referring to stones being hurled and black flags shown in front of his convoy during his visit to Jaigaon area in Alipurduar district in North Bengal on Thursday. “The other day six Al-Qaeda terrorists were arrested from Alipurduar. A network has been formed in several places of the state. Even Bangladesh leader Khaleda Zia has said the terrorists are being trained in India and sent to Bangladesh to create disturbance. The situation of Bengal is now worse than Kashmir,” he said.

Many Rohingyas (from Myanmar) and infiltrators from Bangladesh had settled in these regions and were being used by the Trinamool to improve its voter base, Ghosh alleged. Earlier, the State BJP president had alleged that the Trinamool was “bribing” people in the hills and the Dooars area to increase its influence and support base in the region.

Reacting strongly to Ghosh’s statement, Trinamool MP and spokesman Saugata Roy said BJP was only trying to whip up “fear and hysteria for no reason”.

“Everything that Dilip Ghosh says is a plain lie and people in the state know that. There are no illegal activities going on in the state as BJP keeps alleging but has not been able to prove… North Bengal is completely peaceful. There is no Gorkha agitation, but BJP wants to spread falsehoods about the state.”

BJP’s state unit is scheduled to have organisational meetings till November 25 which will see visits by senior office-bearers Harish Dwivedi, Sunil Deodhar and Dushyant Gautam. The party’s national organisation secretary BL Santhosh will monitor the decisions being planned in North Bengal and Kolkata regions, aparty member said.

During his two-day state visit recently, home minister Amit Shah interacted with various communities, eminent personalities and party workers in the State. Bengal BJP vice president Jay Prakash Majumder told ET that Ghosh’s allegations have come at a time when both PM Modi and Shah have condemned the increasing political violence in the state. “Shah’s visit has energised the party cadre.”

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