On Wednesday, BJP’s West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh alleged that the Trinamool Congress workers attacked his car with bombs and bricks in the Cooch Behar district of North Bengal. After this Dilip Ghosh shot a video in which he gave a message that “the car’s window glasses including the one on his side were smashed in the attack which took place at Sitalkuchi after a public meeting of his party. After breaking the glass, a brick also hit him. And If this is the situation, how can one expect free and fair polls in Cooch Behar, where people had voted for change in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.” Further, he tweeted that “State of democracy in Paschim Banga is pathetic. TMC goons carrying TMC flags hurled crude bombs on my vehicle and shattered my vehicle’s window. They also assaulted multiple karyakartas of BJP and also vandalized multiple cars. Policemen were seen retreating.” However, this allegation was denied by the ruling party. On April 10, the Cooch Behar district is said to conduct polls in the fourth phase of assembly elections. Earlier, the BJP party had won seven seats in North Bengal, including Cooch Behar, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
After this incident, the Election Commission asked the state administration to present the report over the alleged attack that occurred on Wednesday. The ADG (law and order) has pursued a report from the SP and DM over the incident, as well. Ghosh is currently a Z-security protectee. Further, it was alleged that when the BJP activists were attending Ghosh’s meeting at the same time TMC workers were also returning from a rally of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, which was held in another nearby town. At this time the TMC workers clashed with the BJP activists. Then Ghosh detailed that “I was waiting in my vehicle after our meeting for the people to leave when we were attacked with firearms, bombs, bricks, and sticks by people holding TMC flags. It was like a Talibani attack” It was alleged that several country-made bombs were thrown at his car. Ghosh even accused the police of not preventing the attack on him and BJP supporters. Furthermore, Ghosh conveyed that “if the Election Commission does not take immediate action, polling in constituencies in Cooch Behar will be a “farce”. Although, Kunal Ghosh, TMC spokesman said that the ruling party was not involved in the attack.