A make-shift BJP office was set ablaze in West Bengal’s Paschim Burdwan district on Sunday night. Party leaders have claimed the TMC was behind the blaze. The office was located in Asansol in Salanpor area. No one was present in the office when it caught fire. Police said an investigation is on its way to ascertain that incident.
BJP leader Abhijit Roy said, “As part of an initiative by Union minister and local MP Babul Supriyo, BJP workers distributed blankets to tribals in the area on Sunday morning. Following this, TMC activists set fire to our party office. Several other BJP offices in the area have been set ablaze in the past by the TMC. As the popularity of our party is on the rise, TMC is using these tactics to terrorise people,”
Gopal Roy said that the BJP had organised a programme to distribute blankets in the area where a large number of people had assembled. “After this, the TMC got worried and set ablaze the party office being jealous of the BJP.”
Salanpur’s TMC MLA Bidhan Upadhyay said the incident might have occurred because of a brawl between “goons” of the BJP. He dismissed the imposed allegations as well.
He also said “Lottery tickets were sold at the entrance of the BJP party office and goons affiliated to the saffron party would consume liquor there. This incident is a result of a brawl between them,”
Another TMC leader Hareram Tiwari denied the allegation made by the BJP. Hareram Tiwari said , ” The incident has been the result of the conflict within their party (BJP).” Tiwari even alleged that the BJP leaders “do all illegal activities including alcohol consumption inside the party office.”
The BJP said that police reached late to the spot despite being informed soon after the party office caught fire.