BJP’s national vice president, Dilip Ghosh, was stopped by police on Saturday from campaigning for his party candidate in a Bidhannagar neighborhood for allegedly violating the COVID-related code of conduct for municipal elections.
A police officer said Mr Ghosh was campaigning with more than 50 people in the Jagatpur Bazar area of Bidhannagar district number 20, in violation of the state election commission’s directions to limit the number of campaigners to just five at a time.
The officer also said that Mr Ghosh had started an argument when he was made aware of the violation of the norm.
However, the BJP leader claimed that the police imposed SEC rules only on members of his party. He also stated that only four people were accompanying him, and the rest were locals who had come to meet him.
“If we can’t run campaigns, what’s the point of this election? I only had four people with me. The rest were locals who came to meet me,” insisted Mr Ghosh.
Trinamool state spokesman Kunal Ghosh, when approached, claimed that the senior BJP leader had also violated COVID protocols in the past during the elections in Asansol.
“Everyone remembers how Trinamool was prevented from campaigning in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (in Tripura) polls last year. So Dilip Ghosh has to stop talking,” the Trinamool leader said.
Elections for Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation along with three other civil society organizations are scheduled for February 12.
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