Jitpur More (WB), Jan 25 (PTI) West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar on Wednesday stated that his party members will "act accordingly" if the police in the state "failed to stop behaving like TMC cadres".
The Balurghat MP, while urging the party workers to prepare themselves for the upcoming rural polls, said the saffron camp “will have to resist atrocities by the ruling TMC”, especially at the grassroots level.
"We have to prepare for the big fight scheduled in April-May. The party will no longer put up with TMC’s atrocities. The police should stop behaving like TMC cadres or BJP workers will also behave with them accordingly," Majumdar said, addressing a rally in Nadia district.
Mocking the TMC's mass outreach campaign 'Didi-r Suraksha Kawach' (Mamata Banerjee's Protective Shield) by party members, who are being addressed as 'Didi-r Doot' (CM’s messenger), Majumdar said, "People are giving a befitting reply to Didi-r Bhoot (Didi's ghost), with protests seen against the ruling party everywhere." TMC leaders on Tuesday faced protests in various parts of the state as they tried to reach out to people with the new campaign, under which efforts are being made to ensure that beneficiaries get their dues.
Meanwhile, reacting to Majumdar's comment, TMC MP Sougata Roy said the statement reflects the BJP’s intention to "let loose a reign of terror" during the rural polls.
"The comments by BJP state president show that the party, well aware of its impending defeat, is now planning to resort to violence," he said.
Panchayat polls are due in April-May this year.
Widespread violence, rigging instances and clashes were reported from various parts of Bengal during the elections in 2018.
The TMC currently controls all zilla parishad and most gram panchayats in the state. PTI PNT RMS RMS