KOLKATA: Union minister Debasree Chaudhury faced vehement protest in cyclone Bulbul-hit area of Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas by Trinamool Congress supporters on Friday. The incident took place a day after CM Mamata Banerjee urged her political rivals to refrain from doing politics over the storm issue.
Chaudhury’s launch was not allowed to anchor in a jetty at Gosaba area and a stage set up by BJP workers was vandalised. The minister was taken to a party office without electricity in the nearby area where she ended up spending more than two hours.
“I am shocked. I never expected it. I was on my way to interact with the affected people to measure the extent of the damage. The CM urged people to refrain from doing politics over the issue. I want to ask her, who is doing politics now?’’ asked Chaudhury.
Two days earlier, Union minister Babul Supriyo’s vehicle was intercepted in cyclone-hit South 24-Parganas as well and Trinamool supporters raised slogans telling the minister “go-back”.
Chaudhury arrived at Kakdwip along with local BJP supporters and boarded a launch to go to Gosaba, one of the pockets which were badly affected by Bulbul. “When her launch arrived at Gosaba, a group of 200 odd people with the flags of the ruling party did not allow the boatman to anchor the launch,’’ said a
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