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Bengal by-election: BJP candidate from Karimpur assaulted

BJP candidate Jaiprakash Majumdar was assaulted when he went to inspect a house where a plot to capture a booth was allegedly being hatched

West Bengal is in news again for the wrong reason of political violence. BJP candidate Jaiprakash Majumdar from the Karimpur Assembly seat was attacked by some people during the campaign for three Assembly by-elections. The party has alleged that the assailants are Trinamool Congress workers.

A video of the incident has gone viral on social media in which some people are seen beating up Majumdar, dragging him into the bushes on the roadside. The BJP blamed Trinamool Congress workers for the attack on their candidate.

The incident took place outside the Khiaghat Islampur Primary School booth under the Pipalkhola police station in Nadia district. Majumdar had reached the spot after receiving information that a feast had been organised in a house to woo the voters of the area. The place is about 10 m from the booth where food was being cooked.

Majumdar is the current State BJP vice president. He found 10-11 people busy cooking. They claimed that the food was being prepared for the polling officers. However, the authorities denied any such information.

Majumdar informed the administration officials and election officials after coming out of the booth. But as he stood on the road, some people surrounded him, raised slogans and then began assaulting him.

The protesters grabbed his collar and pushed him into the bush. As Majumdar tried to stand up, another protestor kicked and pushed him further into the bush.

Finally, some paramilitary personnel rescued Majumdar and drove the protesters away by resorting to a mild lathi-charge.

Majumdar said they got angry because he had spoiled their planned plot to capture the booth. The BJP described these protesters as TMC workers.

“I have injuries on my arm and back,” Majumdar told news agency IANS, adding, “This wound will heal, but the real question is when Bengal will get relief from the injuries which Mamata Banerjee (Chief Minister of West Bengal) and her allies inflicting on the State.”

BJP has complained about the incident to the Election Commission. Party leader Mukul Roy has demanded that the commission intervene immediately. In a letter to the commission, he wrote, “Today, 50 goons of TMC surrounded, kicked and punched BJP’s Jai Prakash Majumdar. We demand the immediate removal of the additional SP and SP of the area.”

Votes will be cast for the three-seat Assembly by-elections in West Bengal on Monday. While the seats number just three, the results will indicate voters’ preference between the TMC and BJP while also deciding the fate of the ever-struggling Congress and the decimated CPI(M).

This is the first electoral contest between TMC and BJP after the Lok Sabha elections.