• Tripura TMC candidate accuses BJP man of ‘firing’ at her
    Times of India | 24 November 2021
  • KOLKATA: A woman Trinamool candidate for the Agartala civic polls on Tuesday accused a Tripura BJP functionary of firing a bullet at her that she somehow managed to “dodge”, prompting BJP MLA Sudip Roy Barman to lash out against the Biplab Deb government.

    “A pervert paratroop leader is defaming the saffron party and PM Narendra Modi as well as making a mockery of democracy,” he said. Alleging that there was no democracy in Tripura, Roy Barman urged people to rise against the hooliganism by exercising their voting right.

    Addressing a press conference at the garage of the MLA hostel in Agartala, Roy Barman — with another BJP MLA Asish Saha by his side — slammed Deb, also the state home minister, and the state election commission for the alleged lawlessness in Tripura.

    Trinamool lapped up the statement, with party MP Sushmita Dev saying Roy Barman was a “responsible politician” and state education minister Bratya Basu daring BJP to “act” against him. “Sudip babu has admitted what we have been saying for days that BJP is a party of hooligans. If the party has the guts, then show it and expel Sudip babu,” said Basu.

    TMC Bengal general secretary Kunal Ghosh said: “Taking cue from Sudip babu’s statement, we urge voters to come out without fear and vote. We just want you to come out and vote for us.”

    The civic polls are scheduled to be held in Tripura on Thursday.

    TMC candidate Gouri Majumder alleged that BJP's Ranjit Majumder attacked her at her Agartala home around midnight on Monday.

    Without naming CM Deb, Roy Barman said: “A paratrooper leader had once demanded the names of all CPM goons and got them arrested. Now they are the ones who have changed jerseys and are attacking people. They are not BJP karyakartas, but CPM-turned-BJP goons.”

    The BJP MLA also slammed the hooliganism prior to elections and the way opposition parties were being attacked. Targeting Deb, Roy Barman said: “Law and order is a state subject and how can the state home minister not issue a statement after all these? I can tell you that his days are numbered.”

    “Election in Tripura was earlier celebrated as a festival. But what we are witnessing these days is shocking and I resent that. Our party’s motto had been ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’. But that is not happening in Tripura. If this was about ‘vikas’, elections would have been held on the issue of development. Had it been on ‘vishwas’, then all these attacks, threats and thwarting people heading to vote wouldn’t have happened. BJP prioritises motherland above anything else but in Tripura just the reverse is happening because of an individual paratrooper leader,” said Roy Barman, adding that he was speaking for thousands of BJP karyakartas.

    Hooligans were bringing a bad name to BJP because of one paratrooper leader’s mistake, he said.

    Dubbing the BJP leadership in Tripura as a “childish leadership” which has “failed to identify the main political opponent”, Roy Barman added: “If some party member leaves BJP and joins some other party then we should try to convince and bring him back but instead they are physically assaulting them and further distancing them.”
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