West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh stopped from visiting Amphan-affected areas
The BJP workers accompanying the state president Dilip Ghosh allegedly had a scuffle with the police personnel deployed. The Bengal BJP president’s comment came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced an advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for the cyclone-hit state.
Dilip Ghosh, the controversial BJP leader, has accused the West Bengal police of stopping him from visiting the cyclone-ravaged areas of the state. The West Bengal BJP president’s claims have triggered a war of words between the saffron party and the incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC).
On Saturday, Ghosh claimed he was stopped from visiting the South 24 Parganas district. He was on his way to Canning and Basanti, affected by cyclone Amphan, to distribute relief materials. His car was allegedly stopped by the police at Dhalai bridge near Garia area of the district.
"I don't know why I have been stopped from visiting the cyclone-affected areas. The TMC leaders are visiting these places and distributing relief materials. The police is not stopping them. The rule only changes for the BJP leaders," Ghosh said.
The Bengal BJP president Ghosh, known for making scathing attacks on WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has threatened to organise a sit-in protest if he is not allowed to visit the affected areas.
"If the state government wants to pursue relief politics, they should get ready for a befitting reply from our workers," he said.
Notably, his allegations came barely a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for the cyclone-hit state. The Centre has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
Also, the BJP workers accompanying Ghosh allegedly had a mild scuffle with the police personnel. They pushed the men in uniform to pave the way for Ghosh’s vehicle. However, the police have declined to comment on the developments.
Meanwhile, the Kolkata Mayor and state minister Firhad Hakim has questioned why the state BJP was keen on doing politics over the distribution of relief materials.