BJP’s Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh alleged that a mob armed with sticks had gathered to attack Mr Nadda’s convoy. Policemen were barely present even though the BJP president has Z-category security, he charged.

Vehicles of BJP leaders JP Nadda and Kailash Vijayvargiya’s convoys were attacked in Bengal as the two leaders were on their way to Diamond Harbour on Thursday to meet party workers for the Bengal elections in 2021.

“The scenes I saw while coming here are highlights of the anarchy prevailing under (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee in Bengal. We were able to reach here because of the blessings of Maa Durga. TMC workers left no stones unturned to stop or finish us. This is ‘goondaraj’. I had a bulletproof car. But almost all other cars were damaged,” said Nadda while speaking to Karyakartas in Diamond Harbor, which falls under the Lok Sabha constituency of TMC’s Abhishek Banerjee.

Bengal used to be known for its culture, but Mamata Banerjee brought it down to this low, said Nadda. “There is no administration here. Administration has collapsed. Without central forces there is no way of moving in Bengal,” Nadda added. “While I was coming, I saw ordinary people and how they are scared. Parivartan has already taken place in Bengal. People have turned their faces away from Mamata Banerjee.”

“Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya were injured in the attack today. It is a shame on democracy,” Nadda added.His remarks came shortly after vehicles of BJP leaders were stoned when they were going to attend an organisational meeting at Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district.The assault was telecast live by several Bengali news channels. Vehicles of some media houses were also damaged.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar expressed concern. “Concerned at alarming reports of anarchy & lawlessness.

The rule of law has ceased to exist in Bengal. The opposition parties are not allowed to conduct their programmes. A jungle raj is going on in the state,” Roy said.

Local leaders of the TMC denied the allegations, saying that these are “baseless” and “politically motivated”.

Nadda had arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to take stock of the state BJP’s activities and participate in an ongoing mass outreach campaign, which was taken up ahead of the 2021 assembly elections.

 

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