Clashes broke out for the second consecutive day on Wednesday outside state Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters here between dissidents and loyalists over alleged irregularities in the distribution of tickets for the upcoming municipal polls, even as the party’s state president Rahul Sinha warned that indiscipline would not be tolerated.
A group of protestors from South 24-Parganas district came to the party headquarters to organize a sit-in demonstration, but as soon as they arrived, workers loyal to the state party chief and armed with sticks prevented them.
The protestors raised slogans against Sinha demanding his removal.
Following heated exchanges between the two groups, fighting broke out in which many were injured.
Police sources said, “There was fighting between two groups of BJP workers. People from both the groups were injured. But none of them lodged any police complaint.”
Sinha claimed that most of the people involved in the demonstration outside the party office were hooligans of other political parties, who had come to malign the BJP.
He reiterated that the party would take stern steps to contain any instance of indiscipline.
Unhappy at the instances of indiscipline, the RSS said that the BJP should take steps to bring in discipline within the party organization as infighting is sending out a wrong signal to the masses.
“Whatever is happening is not at all acceptable. This is sending out a wrong message to the masses. We feel that state BJP should take steps to bring in discipline within the party organization. They should take steps to screen the new entrants to the party,” Prant Pracharak’ of RSS – Dakshin Banga Prant Bidyut Mukherjee told PTI.
For the past one week protests were held outside the state BJP office and in other parts of the state by a large number of party workers over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution. The protesters alleged that a section of state leaders were taking money in exchange for tickets.
Sinha, however, challenged the protestors to prove allegations of corruption against the state leadership.