Sovan Chatterjee, who left the TMC to join BJP and was recently appointed as the saffron party’s Kolkata zone observer, has accused the West Bengal government of tapping his phone. On 14 January, Chatterjee addressed a press conference where he alleged that his mobile phone had been tapped.
Chatterjee claimed further that the BJP could have won 23-24 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in West Bengal if the Trinamool Congress had not used ‘muscle power’.
“I had suddenly noticed that the phone was kept under surveillance. It was being done to help one person or the administration in general. I was forced to change my phone number,” the former Kolkata Mayor alleged. Sovan Chatterjee, however, did not say who that “one person” is.
Meanwhile, Chatterjee also announced a series of programmes, including an initiative called ”Samadhan” for solving problems of people, which will be conducted in the Kolkata zone. A few days ago Chatterjee’s convoy was stopped from entering a BJP rally as TMC supporters blocked his way and raised slogans against him.
However, TMC’s Sougata Roy has dismissed the allegations. As per reports, he said that the state government cannot tap mobile phones and that it is done by the union government. He said, “If his phone was indeed under surveillance then he could have used WhatsApp of Facetime to make calls. We use these apps to make calls. This is basically a baseless charge to show his importance as a political leader.”
While the BJP has chalked out a massive plan for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls which includes Home Minister Amit Shah visiting the state every month till the elections, Trinamool has already begun its outreach programme highlighting the welfare schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government.
The TMC has roped in former JDU VP and poll strategist Prashant Kishor for Mamata Banerjee government’s re-election. Kailash Vijayvargiya, under the leadership of BJP chief JP Nadda, heads the BJP’s campaign.
Violence has already erupted in West Bengal ahead of polls with both sides clashing wit each other. Earlier, Dilip Ghosh had asked his BJP cadre to arm themselves with sticks and give it back to the Trinamool cadre if it comes to it.
The West Bengal assembly with 294 seats is expected to vote in April-May 2021, The TMC occupies 222 seats in the term that is about to end.
The BJP has made major inroads in the state in the Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and establishing itself as the major opposition force in the state. While the BJP has claimed it’ll win 200 seats, the TMC, via Prashant Kishor, has contended that the saffron party won’t cross 99.