BJP bringing 'men from Jharkhand' to spark chaos, alleges Hakim
Kolkata: Launching a scathing attack at BJP for unleashing terror in the state, Senior Trinamool Congress leader and the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said: "They (BJP) do not have any foothold in Bengal and that is the reason behind bringing in miscreants, including sharp shooters from Jharkhand, to kill people here."
He said this in the backdrop of the death of Trinamool Congress worker Dildar Sheikh on Monday, at Suri I block in Birbhum. He was attacked in connection with filing of nomination by his sister-in-law as a Trinamool Congress candidate.
Miscreants launched an attack all of a sudden on Monday morning, when the nomination process was going on peacefully. They damaged several houses and some were also set on fire.
Dildar was found lying in a pool of blood outside a house, with injuries on his stomach. A large contingent of police was pressed into action and they brought the situation under control. The police took Dildar to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Hakim said that it is the same team from Jharkhand that had created trouble earlier at Mohammadbazar and Nalhati, which was behind the incident at Suri, where their party worker Dildar was killed.
"They have brought in miscreants from Jharkhand to create trouble on purpose and are staging a drama to tarnish the image of Trinamool Congress," an irate Hakim said.
Meanwhile, the politics over Dildar's body has come to light with BJP claiming Dildar to be their worker, when the victim's family members have clearly stated that he was an active Trinamool Congress worker for the past 10 years.
Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool Congress Birbhum district president, said that Dildar was an active member of his party for the past 10 years. However, BJP leaders had been claiming that the victim was a BJP worker.
The matter got clarified when in the evening, Dildar's father came out with another statement in the media, that his son was an active Trinamool Congress worker and BJP-backed goons from outside had attacked his son.
Terming BJP as a "dangabaj" political party, Hakim said: "They have unleashed terror in different parts of the country and now they have come to Bengal to disturb the peace, which is the tradition of the state."
He maintained: "We will fight against it politically and the people of Bengal will give a fitting reply to all this in all the forthcoming elections."
In connection with the party bringing in miscreants from the adjoining state, he said: "They have their government in Jharkhand and are taking its advantage. They are bringing in miscreants in Bengal."
When asked about the attack on mediapersons, he said: "It is the same Opposition, headed by BJP, along with CPI-M and Congress, who are behind the attacks on mediapersons."
He said: "I am repeatedly saying that we have no worries in winning the elections, as people will give their vote in our favour, based on the development work carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government and we will win in all elections in the next 10 years."