Bhabanipur bypoll: BJP and TMC workers clash during campaign; cavalcade of Dilip Ghosh attacked

Kolkata: Tension escalated in the south Kolkata area, on the last day of the election campaign for the Bhabanipur assembly seat bypoll, ahead of the September 30 elections.

Trinamool Congress supporters allegedly physically harassed former BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh while he was campaigning for Priyanka Tibrewal who is pitted against Mamata Banerjee on Monday (September 27).

Ghoshs path was blocked by some Trinamool supporters and he was pushed to the side of the road near JaduBabur Bazar (Jadu Babus Market) in Bhabanipur area where he was campaigning for September 30 bypolls.

The supporters started shouting “Joy Bangla” – a slogan coined by Mamata Banerjee to counter BJP`s “Jai Shri Ram” – and shouted at him to go back.

The tension led to a scuffle between the personal security guards of Ghosh and the Trinamool Congress supporters and the guards were seen pointing their guns to disperse the crowd.

Ghosh was cordoned off and taken away from the place. One BJP supporter was wounded in the scuffle.

Speaking to the media, Dilip Ghosh, national vice-president of the party said, “Look this is the situation of West Bengal. They will not allow anyone to campaign even. I was pushed and beaten because I came here to campaign in favour of our candidate. There is no democracy in the state. We shall give a formal complaint”.

Reacting to the clash between BJP & TMC workers, West Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari told : “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.”

However, Election Commission has asked the state government to submit a report over Bhabanipore (in West Bengal) ruckus today by 4 pm. Trinamool Congress has not reacted to the incident yet.