Scuffle breaks out between 2 BJP factions in front of Central minister
A scuffle broke out between two factions of BJP in front of the Central minister Vijay Sampla at Bolpur on Sunday.
The two groups got engaged in a heated altercation over gaining entry to a hotel to meet the Central minister. Subsequently, it led to a scuffle between the two factions of Dilip Ghosh, the party's vice president of Birbhum district, and another leader Ujjal Majumdar. There was gathering outside the hotel and many tried to enter the hotel along with the Central minister. One group tried to enter the hotel first but they were restricted by others which led to the altercation. They jostled among themselves and finally started pushing each other in front of the minister. The glass panel of a door in the hotel was damaged during the scuffle. The situation came under control when other leaders from the area intervened.
Police were pressed to ensure that the situation did not go out of control.
The party leaders, however, have brushed out the allegation of factional feud that led to the incident. It took place when Central ministers are visiting the state with a target of strengthening the party's organisation. According to political analysts, such incidence at the very beginning of the programme of the Central ministers would affect the party's attempt of strengthening their organisation in Bengal.
It may be recalled that on April 4 last year, a clash broke out between the two groups in the party at North Howrah over filing Roopa Ganguly as candidate for the Assembly Elections from there. It led to the embarrassment of the party as it took place when senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj was in the state to attend an election rally in Durgapur.