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BJP bid to march towards Mamata’s residence foiled

West Bengal 2016 Updated: May 23, 2016 17:54 IST
Mamata Banerjee

Actress turned BJP leader Rupa Ganguly.(PTI)

Senior BJP leaders, accompanied by over a hundred party workers, on Monday unsuccessfully tried to march towards chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence to protest against Sunday’s attack on party leader Rupa Ganguly allegedly by TMC workers.

The police were present in strength at Hazra crossing in south Kolkata where BJP leaders, including former Bengal unit chief Rahul Sinha and present chief Dilip Ghosh, held a rally before attempting to march towards the chief minister’s residence in the nearby Kalighat.

The police stopped the rally, also attended by Rupa Ganguly and Locket Chatterjee, at Asutosh Mukherjee Road.

“We came here to meet the Chief Minister and tell her about the continuing post-poll violences in the state. But the police stopped us... But I will advise them (police) that instead of stopping us they must go and stop the goons,” the BJP state chief said.

He also said the BJP would launch protest-demonstrations in districts if the state administration does not take “proper steps on post-poll violence”.

Ghosh said the party was considering to boycott Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony on May 27 and observe it as “Kala Diwas” (black day).

“We may also call a bandh on that day,” Ghosh said.

Actress-turned-politician Rupa Ganguly was heckled and her convoy attacked yesterday allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters near Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas district when she was returning from Ishwaripur village near Kakdwip after visiting a party worker.

An injured Rupa was admitted to a local hospital.