BJP Threatening Advertising Agencies To Put Up Their Political Hoardings: Kolkata Mayor
Firhad Hakim pointed fingers at BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is allegedly threatening and pressurising various advertising agencies in West Bengal to put up their political hoardings during the election season.
As per an Anandabazaar Patrika report, the Trinamool notified a phone number from which calls were made to agencies. When the newspaper dialled the number, they were told that it was ‘ported out’, meaning the number does not exist.
Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim told Anandabazaar Patrika, “Various outdoor advertising agencies come to Kolkata municipality to acquire licence and permissions. However, no political pressure has ever been put on them. We have received information that BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya is calling up agencies and pressurising them.”
Hakim added, “An unknown caller had even impersonated a GST officer. He called up the agencies to threaten them. We are trying to find out the person’s name and identity. We will take appropriate action.”
BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told Anandabazaar Patrika, “I don’t know any advertising agency in West Bengal. There is no question of calling them up.”
Further, he hit out at Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee. “The ground under the chief minister’s feet is slipping. Hence, she is saying anything and everything.”