Union Minister of Minority Affairs and BJP Leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on Sunday, addressed the multiple attacks on BJP's Ghatal candidate Bharti Ghosh saying that the party has demanded that 48 hours prior to the elections outsiders must be banned from entering.
He has also slammed the Trinamool Congress for the continuous violence in West Bengal during polls saying that they will be answered by the public through votes. He also claimed that these attempts were being done to hinder fair elections while addressing the media.
"Not only is the image of democracy being tarnished, but the integrity of West Bengal is also besmirched by Trinamool Congress. Nowhere in the country is such kind of violence being witnessed during the Lok Sabha elections. We know that this kind of hooliganism of the Trinamool Congress will be and is being answered strongly by the public through their votes. This climate of fear is being created only to hinder free and fair elections so that citizens will not be able to cast their vote. But on May 23, the public will give an answer to this. Some parties should start worrying that their accreditation will also be cancelled," he said.
Earlier in the day, clashes had erupted in Ghatal when Ghosh's convoy was allegedly attacked by protesting villagers who pelted stones at her car. One security personnel has also been hurt in the clashes.
Talking to media after the attack, Ghosh blamed the West Bengal Chief Minister for allegedly 'looting votes' and also claimed that the police has been instructed to turn a blind eye towards it.
"I will lodge a complaint. Mamata Bandhopadhyay (Banerjee) has given a clear direction to not allow voting to happen. She is looting votes and terrorising West Bengal which is a shameful thing to do. She has place people to loot the votes and has instructed the police to not take any action. This injustice should be shown to the world," she said.
Earlier in a polling booth in Ghatal, a BJP election agent had claimed that Trinamool women workers were allegedly not allowing him to sit inside the poll booth, as per reports. The workers had claimed that the BJP man was allegedly not a polling agent and hence they were reportedly blocking him from entering the booth. In the ensuing clashes, Ghosh was reportedly hurt as she fell down and injured her toe. Angry villagers were reported to be surrounding the booth and protesting.
West Bengal's Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Medinipur, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia and Jhargram constituencies go to polls on Sunday. Results are scheduled to be announced on May 23.