Dilip Ghosh manhandled- Cops arrested eight persons and an FIR was registered in connection with an alleged attack on Dilip Ghosh. The West Bengal government has said in a communique to the Election Commission. TMC workers allegedly manhandled BJP leader while campaigning for the Bhabanipur bypoll in Kolkata on Monday.
Earlier, police had registered a suo motu case against unknown persons. This was under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code at the Bhabanipur Police Station after the incident.
BJP leader and Union minister Bhupendra Yadav said the arrests prove that an attack on Ghosh did take place. Soon after the incident, Ghosh had said “There is no point to hold polls if we cannot reach out to voters. People are living in constant fear.
Ghosh blamed TMC workers for the incident. The ruling Trinamool however said the entire episode was to garner attention before the bypoll. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is contesting the bypoll to continue as West Bengal chief minister. This is after she lost the May 2021 assembly elections from Nandigram. BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal against Banerjee.
TMC’s Sovandev Chattopadhyay had won the Bhabanipur seat but has resigned to make way for Mamata. The bypoll on September 30, while the counting will be on October 3.
The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday quashed a plea to withhold the bypoll. Demanding suspension of the upcoming by-poll on Bhabanipur constituency in West Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party’s national vice president Dilip Ghosh on Monday said there is no point to hold the elections if the state administration under Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led government cannot conduct an unbiased election. Goons attacked Ghosh while campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll. He said that the election must be held when the “Election Commission would be able to provide security to the candidates and voters of the Bhabanipur constituency. Till then the elections must stand canceled”.
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