West Bengal: BJP’s Bharati Ghosh Threatens To Thrash Trinamool Supporters Like Dogs (Watch)
She said, "We will drag you out of your houses. We will bring 1,000 boys from Uttar Pradesh. You will not be able to stop it."
Bharati Ghosh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Ghatal in West Bengal, threatened Trinamool (TMC) workers that after elections the BJP would bring boys from Uttar Pradesh to drag them out of their houses and thrash them like dogs.
Anandabazaar Patrika reported that on May 4, a few TMC workers allegedly raised “BJP hatao” — remove BJP — slogans at Keshpur village, in front of the Ghatal BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh. Furious at the disrespect shown to her, the former UN peacekeeper said, “They (TMC) are stealing our votes and threatening us back that they will not allow us to vote! We will drag you out and thrash you like dogs…”
In an unverified video that was posted by Sambad Protidin, Ghosh is heard saying, “Even after elections end, we will find you (TMC workers) and thrash you for a whole year. We will drag you out of your houses. We will bring 1,000 boys from Uttar Pradesh. You will not be able to stop it. No one will find you. Go home and lock your doors.”
At a procession in Ghatal, per the Anandabazaar Patrika, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slammed Ghosh without naming her saying, “BJP has field two candidates from two seats in Paschim Medinipur district… One is the leader of weapons (Dilip Ghosh), and the other is a leader of thieves (Bharati Ghosh). These guys don’t consider people as humans.”
Slamming the former IPS officer, Banerjee threatened Ghosh saying, “If we release the text messages that you sent to us while you were a cop, you won’t have anything left to say. If we want, we could even arrest you. Following civility, we have allowed you to contest elections.”
The chief minister reportedly said Ghosh does not have the credentials to contest even at the gram sabha. Banerjee warned Ghosh, “Don’t say anything that might breach all boundaries.”
TMC minister Partha Chatterjee reportedly said, “She is speaking in the language of threats that befits her earlier profession. What is all this? Is she supposed to be a candidate? We will approach the election commission (EC) with the requisite evidence. We will request the EC to reject her candidature.”
An organisation named Save Democracy has planned an agitation on May 5 in front of the Election Commission offices, to demand Ghosh’s candidature be cancelled.
Condoning the threats of violence, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh told Anandabazaar, “If Bharati Ghosh threatened to beat them up, then she has done the right thing. Are we supposed to offer sweets to the same Trinamool who is beating up our workers and vandalising our cars?”
CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty told the Indian Express, “Ghosh was very close to the TMC, but later joined the BJP. This is the language of both the Trinamool and the BJP in Bengal. People of Bengal are watching.”
Ghatal goes to the polls on May 12.