3 threatens 211! Bengal BJP chief warns TMC after attack on Roopa Ganguly
Kolkata, May 24: Even as the BJP's top brass congratulated Mamata Banerjee over her Trinamool Congress's (TMC) sweeping victory in the recently held Assembly election, the state leadership of the saffron party is not ready to let the TMC go.
In the election, while the TMC won 211 of the 294 Assembly seats, the BJP won three. The Left-Congress alliance could win only 76.
On Monday, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, who is one of the three BJP candidates who won this time, threatened the TMC with dire consequences outside the state's boundary if attacks did not stop against them. He also warned that the BJP could also gherao Red Road where Banerjee is set to take oath as the chief minister for the second time on May 27.
The TMC, however, did not give Ghosh much importance.
BJP leader Roopa Ganguly, who contested in this election but lost, was assaulted allegedly by TMC supporters on Sunday while she was returning from Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district where she had gone to see a party worker who was also attacked.
Ghosh said if attacks on BJP did not stop, then the TMC's parliamentarians could face the consequences. He said the TMC MPs will be detained and made to starve. He said the TMC is limited to Bengal while the BJP has a presence across the country.
The BJP called a protest rally till Banerjee's residence in South Kolkata following the attack on Ganguly but it was stopped by the police soon after it started. Another actor-politician of the BJP, Locket Chatterjee, also took part in the rally which saw scuffle with the policemen.
When asked, TMC's Rajya Sabha MP and chief spokesperson Derek O'Brien asked: "who is Dilip Ghosh".