State BJP President Dilip Ghosh along with his fellow members was manhandled by GJM miscreants compelling him to surrender a “Bijay Sammelani” meeting hosted here at an auditorium. The assault was allegedly carried out by the faction of Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha led by Benay Tamang. Ghosh was reportedly here to address the members of Bimal Gurung faction which probably led to the chaos.
“We had to cancel the event due to hooliganism of Binay Tamang’s supporters,” Dilip Ghosh said. Binay Tamang now heads the board of administrators formed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee following three months shut down in the hills. While the GJM President Bimal Gurung is absconding as he faces charges of murder under UAPA, Ghosh’s Darjeeling visit has already started raising eyebrows on- whether his visit is pertaining to establish a political base in Darjeeling or it’s sending some subtle inference to GJM chief Bimal Gurung.
Dilip Ghosh also alleges that the attack was the mastermind of Trinamool Congress and the state police unleashed to hinder our peaceful activities. He said, “We condemn this attack, and these people may someday find themselves in a similar situation. We will wait for that time.”
According to Ghosh, the assault took place a kilometer away from the police station where Ghosh along with his supporters was allegedly thrashed and beaten up near Chowrasta. The mob reportedly carried black flags and sticks and yelled slogans supporting rebel GJM leader Binay Tamang.
The scenario in the hills is still unruly as most of the hill parties like the Gorkha National Liberation Front(GNLF) and Gorkha League are in a run-up to assert their positions.
Speculations are rife on a possible change of guard in the GJM leadership as Bimal Gurung has been pushed into one corner. Among the top contenders for the GJM leadership are Anit Thapa and Binay Tamang who are keen to enjoy the tacit support of the ruling TMC.
Later Ghosh lodged a FIR at the Darjeeling police station along with his co-workers.
Adding more fuel to the fire were the comments by the founder of Jan Andolan Party (JAP) Harka Bahadur Chhetri, who said, “How dare they come to Hills? These BJP leaders said no to Gorkhaland and now they are coming to Hills to add fuel to the fire. The BJP is fooling us for so many years. It’s time to say no to them.”
On October 2nd Chairman of Board of Administrators for Darjeeling Hills (BoADh), Binay Tamang raised serious objections against the entry of MP SS Ahluwalia and state BJP President Dilip Ghosh into the hills unless they carry a concrete agenda on the Gorkhaland resolution.
The BJP leaders protested against the attacks by blocking the Central Avenue in Kolkata and the NH-6 at Uluberia on Thursday with BJP President Amit Shah seeking a detailed report on the entire incident from state President.
State BJP General Secretary Sayantan Basu said, “This incident reflects the terrible law-and-order situation in Bengal. We will call on the governor as soon as Ghosh is back in Kolkata,”
Rumours are on about some central committee members and 100 followers shifting sides to BJP cadre. According to Superintendent of Police Darjeeling Ghosh was provided with additional protection despite no written permission from the state administration.
Ghosh succinctly has the backing of the GJM President Bimal Gurung who openly supported the BJP delegation’s visit to the hills. Even though Gurung is missing some of his followers were present at the gathering addressed by BJP President Dilip Ghosh.
GJM chief Gurung threatened to give “befitting reply” in case the police failed to hook the culprits.