West Bengal’s chief secretary on Friday knowledgeable the union house ministry that he and different state officers is not going to go to Delhi in compliance with the summons issued to them because the state authorities took a defiant stand within the wake of an assault on the convoy of BJP president JP Nadda in Kolkata on Thursday.
In a letter, high bureaucrat Alapan Bandyopadhyay knowledgeable the house ministry that the state authorities is already addressing the problem with “utmost seriousness”. Three instances have been filed for the assault and 7 individuals have been arrested, he wrote, as he advised the Centre he has been directed to request the Centre “to dispense with the presence of the state officials” within the assembly known as by the union house secretary on December 14.
The chief secretary additionally addressed reviews that enough safety preparations weren’t made for Nadda, a Z class protectee, and mentioned he was given a bullet-proof automobile, an escort car, and safety officers. A DIG was additionally stationed to oversee the safety, “along with four SPs, eight Deputy SPs, 14 inspectors, 70 sub-inspectors, 40 RAF personnel, 259 constables and 350 other forces” alongside the route taken by Nadda.
He mentioned this was as well as to the preparations made by the Centre, however identified that the tagging of a number of autos to Nadda’s convoy made the “situation unwieldy”.
Nadda’s convoy was attacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district when the BJP chief was heading out to attend a rally on Thursday. The irate mob had additionally attacked different autos of senior BJP leaders like nationwide basic secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, nationwide vice-president Mukul Roy and Anupam Hazra within the convoy.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has termed the entire incident as a ‘drama’ and claimed that it was staged by the saffron brigade to appeal to political consideration earlier than the state meeting elections.
The TMC additionally hit out on the union house ministry for the summons and accused the saffron occasion of making an attempt to create a scenario the place the Centre can intrude in issues associated to states. Senior TMC MPs Saugata Roy and Kalyan Banerjee alleged that Nadda’s convoy had “convicted criminals and goons” who carried weapons with the malafide intention of instigating violence.
“What the central government is doing by sending a letter (seeking report) from the state government is unconstitutional. The MHA summoning the chief secretary and DGP is unacceptable. “The BJP and the central authorities try to create a scenario the place they will intrude with the federal construction,” Banerjee told a press conference.
Provocative speeches by BJP state president Dilip Ghosh are leading to a “vicious” situation, he said, and claimed that Nadda was accompanied by “convicted criminals and armed males belonging to the BJP”.