On the wake of attack on BJP leader and actress Roopa Ganguly, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Monday threatened Trinamool Congress lawmakers of retaliation outside the state.
“They must remember that they only have 211 MLAs while we have 1,400 (across the country). They have 34 MPs and we have 282 MPs.
“Whatever the TMC does within the border of Bengal, we will pay them back outside Bengal,” Ghosh told media persons on the sidelines of a protest organised by the party against the assault on its state Mahila Morcha chief Ganguly near Kakdwip of South 24 Parganas district on Sunday.
“I, Dilip Ghosh, state this in my capacity as state BJP president. If the atrocities do not stop, we will cross all limits… Their Lok Sabha MPs will have to go to Delhi. We will see how they return from Delhi,” he said.
Ghosh also warned that his party would not allow Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony slated for 27 May on the city’s arterial Indira Gandhi Sarani (formerly Red Road) to take place.
He also said his party would observe 27 May as a ‘black day’.
“We will blockade Kolkata and Red road will be occupied on the 27th,” he said.
The BJP state president said he would request the central government not to send anybody to attend the swearing-in.
The BJP had organised the march to Kalighat – that houses Banerjee’s residence – in protest against the attack on Ganguly. However, police stopped the marchers at Hazra Crossing. This triggered a bout of jostling between police and BJP workers.
Ganguly sustained a head injury after being allegedly attacked by Trinamool workers with stones and sticks when she was on a trip to Kakdwip to meet an injured BJP polling agent and his family.
Ghosh recently drew widespread outrage for his remarks calling a section of Jadavpur University female students “shameless”.
Reacting to charges of molestation brought against ABVP activist during a scuffle in the varsity over the screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s film “Buddha in A Traffic Jam” on 6 May, he had wondered why female students were present during the clash.
“Those who fear so much for their modesty, why did they go there? This is shamelessness.”
While his remarks received condemnation and derision, Ghosh had appeared unfazed and stuck to them.