KOLKATA: The BJP on Thursday created enough headache for the TMC Govt after a team of the party’s central leaders was arrested to prevent them from visiting Makra village in Birbhum, where three men died in a TMC-BJP clash on Monday. The police blocked BJP vice-president Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, Kirti Azad MP, leader from Maharashtra Udit Raj and West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha on the road to Makra and Choumandal villages on Thursday morning.
Another team of BJP workers led by its state secretary Ritesh Tewari took a different route and after breaking through the police lines, almost reached Makra village before being arrested. However, the saffron brigade got the much-desired weapon against the TMC to “prove” that the rule of law was not prevailing in West Bengal and that the democratic rights of political parties had been trampled upon. Following his release along with the other leaders from Parui police station, Naqvi said, “This was an undemocratic act on part of the state police at the behest of the TMC Govt, which is trying to cover up the truth and resort to unconstitutional means. Had the govt used 10 per cent of its strength to prevent terrorists and anarchists, it would have been great.”
Naqvi and Sinha both said they would apprise Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah of the “violation of democracy and the rule of autocracy prevailing in Bengal”. A BJP delegation will on Friday meet state Governor Kesari Nath Tripathy on the issue and seek his intervention.