BJP’s ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ vehicles attacked after ECI declares poll schedule

Updated on Feb 27, 2021 05:36 PM IST
  • The BJP lodged a complaint in the Phoolbagan police station. Senior BJP leaders of the state rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Image grab from the video tweeted Amit Malviya, BJP’s IT cell head.(Twitter)
Image grab from the video tweeted Amit Malviya, BJP’s IT cell head.(Twitter)
By, Kolkata

Hours after the Election Commission of India announced the poll schedule in West Bengal on Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party allegedly came under attack from the ruling Trinamool Congress in Kolkata.

The BJP alleged that at least seven vehicles used in their campaign ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ were damaged by the TMC, LED TVs and laptops were looted and the drivers and helpers of the vehicles were beaten up.

“This is why the ECI has announced an eight-phase election in West Bengal. TMC workers entered the godown where the vehicles were parked and broke the windshields. LED TVs and laptops fitted in the vehicles were stolen. The poor driver, the helper and the security guard were beaten up,” said Samik Bhattacharya, BJP spokesman in West Bengal.

The BJP lodged a complaint in the Phoolbagan police station. Senior BJP leaders of the state rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

On Saturday afternoon, a team of BJP delegation met the Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal and lodged a complaint in this regard. The Model Code of Conduct has already come into force soon after elections were declared by the ECI on Friday.

Also read: How much will vaccine cost at private hospitals? Here's what govt says


“TMC hoodlums vandalise BJP’s #LokkhoSonarBangla raths in the godown in Kadapara... Raths were damaged and LEDs stolen. This is going to be one tough election for the EC to manage given the culture of political violence perpetrated by the TMC. People of West Bengal will respond!” tweeted Amit Malviya, BJP’s IT cell head.


The vehicles were launched by JP Nadda, the party’s national president, on Thursday as a part of the party’s manifesto and crowdsourcing campaign. Around 294 such vehicles fitted with suggestion boxes were launched.

The TMC, however, rubbished the charges saying that it is unfortunate.

“The TMC has never stopped the BJP’s 'Parivartan Rath Yatra' campaign. The rath yatra is going on across the state. If any untoward incident has happened anywhere then it is unfortunate. The TMC doesn’t approve it,” said Saugata Roy, TMC MP.

This is however not the first time that vehicles used in BJP’s poll campaigns have been attacked. Last week, bombs were hurled and a BJP rath yatra campaign was attacked in North 24 Parganas. A clash broke out between the BJP and the TMC. Later, BJP’s state leaders had shot letters to the Union home minister Amit Shah and the Election Commission of India.


SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • A day after kicking up a row over his controversial remarks on Kashmir that were made in the social media, ruling LDF MLA K T Jaleel on Saturday said they were misinterpreted. (Agencies)

    Jaleel withdraws his PoK remark after row, says post misinterpreted

    A day after kicking up a row over Jaleel, who was a Minister in the previous CPI (M)-led LDF government's controversial remarks on Kashmir that were made in the social media, ruling LDF MLA K T Jaleel on Saturday said they were misinterpreted. Several people, especially BJP leaders, have come out against his post in which he described Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian adheena Jammu and Kashmir” (India-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir as “Azad Kashmir”.

  • HT Image

    Thane Creek gets Ramsar status, third site in state

    Mumbai: The Centre on Saturday accorded the Ramsar status to the Thane Creek area spread over 6522.5 hectares. This includes the area currently protected as the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary (TCFS) as well as the surrounding eco-sensitive zone (ESZ). The Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell first proposed Thane creek as a Ramsar site on July 8, 2021.

  • A woman prisoner stitching a flag. (Sourced)

    U.P. prisoners prepare over 74K Tricolours, target to make 2L in another 2 days

    Lucknow Prisoners of UP jails have already prepared over 74,000 national flags for the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava' celebration to be held on August 15 on the occasion of the 75th year of Independence. The UP prison administration reform services have set the target of 2 lakh flags to be prepared till Monday and supply them to the public with help of NGOs and district administrations.

  • Security personnel taking out Tiranga Yatra in Ayodhya on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO)

    It’s ‘Har Mandir Tiranga’ for saints in Ayodhya

    The saints in Ayodhya have come up with “Har Mandir Tiranga” on cue from Prime Minster Narendra Modi's “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign to mark 75 years of Independence. Around 8000 temples in Ayodhya, including the makeshift Ram Janmabhoomi shrine, the Hanuman Garhi temple, Kanak Bhavan and Maths, will hoist the national flag this Independence Day.

  • Both parties have identified critical technological avenues of collaboration like anti-unmanned aerial vehicle technologies and UAV engines etc. (HT file)

    IIT Kanpur, BHEL ink MoU to boost research and development

    The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd recently inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly work on the emerging opportunities in the Indian defence and aerospace sectors. Both parties agreed in principle to co-operate, pursue research and development, and collaborate in manufacturing and supplying components, sub-assemblies and systems or equipment in mutually agreed areas of interest. The MoU was signed by executive director, Jai Prakash Srivastava, on behalf of BHEL, and dean of research and development, Prof AR Harish, on behalf of IIT Kanpur.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now