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Trinamool Congress says BJP is desperate to raise ‘non issues’ after the latter’s initiative to corner Derek O’Brien drew flak

BJP’s appeal against O’Brien with a Kolkata court over the morphed picture issue was turned down recently.

kolkata Updated: Mar 12, 2017 10:15 IST
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BJP’s appeal with a Kolkata court against Derek O’Brien over the issue of morphed pictures was turned down recently.(HT Photo)

Trinamool Congress stated that Bengal BJP is highlighting ‘non-issues’ to target its leaders after the latter drew a flak trying to corner Derek O’Brien. After the arrest of its leader Juhi Choudhury, Bengal BJP is also unsuccessful in targeting Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien over morphed picture issue.

Tit-for-tat moves in Bengal politics, came thick and fast on March 1 after BJP women’s wing leader Juhi Chowdhury’s arrest on the night of February 28 with BJP leaders moving court against Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O Brien. BJP targeted O’Brien for alleged morphing a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and showing it in a press conference before the Bengal assembly elections last year.

However, later court turned their appeal down and asked them to approach appropriate authority.

“The issue was a closed chapter ten months ago but BJP is so desperate in Bengal that they are looking for non-issues. Not surprised that it (appeal in court) was summarily not even admitted. Simply thrown out,” said Sukhendu Sekhar Roy Trinamool Congress chief whip Rajya Sabha.

The political waters of Bengal turned murky on Tuesday with prime accused in the child trafficking case, Chandana Chakravarty, alleging to the media that Juhi Chowdhury spoke to BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly to lobby for the Bimala Sishu Griho, the welfare home in the eye of the storm.

“We will approach the Calcutta High Court in due time. Our party leader had filed a case in Bankshal court against Trinamool Congress Rajya MP for morphing a picture of the Prime minister and union home minister Rajnath Singh. Earlier we lodged a complaint with Kolkata police but they have failed to act so far. We are compelled to move court. But the appeal was turned down,” said Jay Prakash Majumder , vice president state BJP. who appealed to the court.

On March 1, Jay Prakash Majumder filed a petition with the chief metropolitan magistrate, Bankshal court against O Brien.

On April 23 last year, O’Brien addressed a press conference in which he showed four photographs, including one that showed union home minister Rajnath Singh offering a laddoo to former CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat.

It prompted Karat to lodge a police complaint in Delhi, whereas BJP lodged a complaint with Kolkata police.

The entire controversy comes against the bigger backdrop of worsening relations between Trinamool Congress and BJP. Mamata Banerjee has alleged that TMC MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Paul was arrested by CBI purely as an act of political vendetta in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam.

In the next few days, complaints poured in from different areas in the state and police registered FIRs against BJP leaders and MPs including Babul Supriyo, Dilip Ghosh and Kailash Vijayvargiya.

First Published: Mar 03, 2017 16:52 IST