West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh was today allegedly attacked by rebel GJM activists in Darjeeling. The supporters of rebel GJM leader Binay Tamang also reportedly disrupted a meeting by Ghosh, which later had to be cancelled, according to the Indian Express. “Miscreants who were chanting Binay Tamang’s name first disrupted our Vijaya Samellan meeting. When we cancelled the meeting and went out the miscreants attacked us and beat up our supporters. I got no help from police or administration. Some of our workers are injured,” Dilip Ghosh told The Indian Express.
Ghosh said the attack was pre-planned and alleged that no policemen were at the spot. “I had to take my workers to police station and lodge a complaint. The conspiracy has links to Kolkata. These goons are the same people who want to keep the Hills disturbed,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the state BJP president was also shown black flags and ‘go back’ posters by the Jana Andolan Party (JAP) activists in Kalimpong, The angry protesters have questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party’s silence on the issue of Gorkhaland, as per IANS. Ghosh was asked to leave the hills if he cannot make his party’s stand clear on the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, the report said. Dilip Ghosh along with a party delegation was on a three-day visit to the hills.
Jan Andolan Party (JAP) chief Harka Bahadur Chettri said, “None of their leaders set foot in the hills during the dispute. The local MP has never come here to oversee the situation. I wonder how they dare to come to the hills now after staying silent during the entire 104 days of shutdown? They should make their stand clear on the issue of Gorkhaland or go back from here,” the report said.