Kolkata: As the filing of nominations for the next month’s three-tier Panchayat elections entered the second day on Tuesday, reports of more and more attacks on BJP and other opposition workers and preventing them from the filing of nomination papers, are pouring in from different districts across West Bengal.
According to reports reaching here today, the most severe incident took place in Siuri in Birbhum district when a local BJP leader was repeatedly stabbed, allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers when he went to the District Magistrate’s Office to file nomination papers for the Gram (village) Panchayat election.
The incident has assumed a serious proportion as the attack took place inside the DM’s office complex and in presence of many security personnel, who, however, allegedly made no attempt to prevent such physical assault in full public view. Reports of attacks and assaults on BJP and other opposition candidates including those of the CPI (M) have also come in from a number of other districts including Arambagh in North 24 Parganas, Lalbagh in Murshidabad District, Malda town in Malda district, and Dinhata in Coochbehar district.
While district BJP leader Biplab Dutta was severely assaulted near the SDO office in Arambagh and his nomination papers torn off allegedly by the ruling party goons, at Lalbagh the Murshidabad district President of the BJP met the same fate and was admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Similarly, local BJP leader Kalipada Sarkar in Dinhata was also assaulted on his way to file his nomination papers, the sources said.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress Birbhum district President Anubrata Modal has categorically denied any such attack on anybody, let alone the opposition party workers and leaders, in connection with the coming Panchayat elections.
On the contrary, he blamed the opposition, particularly the BJP for allegedly fomenting trouble and trying to create a division among the voters on religious line. Also commenting on such random attacks on his party workers, BJP state President Dilip Ghosh has threatened to go for a counter attack during any such assault on BJP candidates during the filing of nominations till 9 April. But he did not elaborate his plan further.