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BJP’s state unit chief threatens Hindutva’s opponents, Trinamool members

Dilip Ghosh says will assault cadres of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s party.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2017 18:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh (left) made the threats in rallies on the weekend.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh (left) made the threats in rallies on the weekend. (PTI FILE PHOTO)

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday threatened to assault members of state’s ruling Trinamool Congress, a day after saying that opponents of Hindutva will be “relegated to history”.

Ghosh is a senior pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological parent, and has in recent weeks made controversial remarks, especially on religion.

“Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Sri Ram will be chanted all over the country – from Gujarat to Guwahati and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Dare not oppose it, for the consequence will be dire. They will be relegated to history”, Ghosh said at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district on Saturday.

On Sunday, he threatened to beat up Trinamool Congress if they harassed BJP workers. “You are showing your power here. You are resorting to extortion. BJP is there throughout the country. It has 11 crore members.”

Taking aim at chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Ghosh said: “Let the chief minister try stopping Dilip Ghosh. BJP will create havoc.”

Trinamool Congress, however, downplayed Ghosh’s threats. “All their instigating speeches reflect their frustrations. Let him shout. They will be relegated to history,” state education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

“He is talking about 11 crore BJP members, but there are another 110 crore population in the country who will not allow BJP to fulfil its dream,” Chatterjee said.

Since he took charge as the BJP’s state chief in 2015, Ghosh has threatened to attack ‘anti-national’ professors and mounted in April a strident campaign to celebrate Ram Navami in Bengal, which has traditionally not celebrated the festival at a large scale.

He had at the time said that the fight to hold the celebrations was a fight between “Ramzada” (one born of Ram) and “Haramzada” (an illegitimate- born).

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 18:01 IST

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