The BJP has employed seven trains to carry its celebration members and supporters from totally different elements of West Bengal to affix ‘Nabanna Abhijan’ (march to secretariat) on September 13 – a rally to be taken out in protest in opposition to the alleged corrupt practices of the TMC authorities.
Senior BJP chief and former state president of the celebration, Rahul Sinha, informed PTI on Monday that every one trains have both left from or could be leaving for his or her locations in a number of hours’ time.
He additionally claimed that the TMC-run administration was “trying to create hurdles in the way” of supporters prepared to come back to town to affix the rally.
“Our supporters were prevented from boarding a special train from Alipurduar to Sealdah on Monday evening and even lathi-charged by state police. The train, however, left later with our activists and supporters,” Mr Sinha stated.
Seven trains — three from north Bengal and 4 from south — will attain Sealdah and Santragachhi respectively, “overcoming opposition from the police and ruling party cadres”, the BJP chief stated. No BJP chief, when approached, disclosed the quantity spent in hiring the trains.
TMC mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’ has claimed Rs 2.84 crore has been spent in hiring the trains, questioning the supply of such funds.
Joy Prakash Majumdar, a spokesperson of the ruling celebration, stated, “The BJP has taken crores of rupees from businessmen who escaped the country, and is probably using that money for its programmes. To my knowledge, the BJP spent around Rs 2,000 crore in 2021 assembly polls.” Wondering if the headcount for the rally would cross 10,000, Mr Majumdar stated, “Every train has 11 bogies and 700-800 seats. That means seven trains can bring 5,000-5,500 people. The BJP is spending Rs 3,000-4,000 for everyone boarding the special train.” This cash might have been used to assist folks financially within the post-COVID scenario, he acknowledged.
The TMC chief additionally stated that chances are high there “the saffron camp may try to foment trouble during the rally to be in the news”, figuring out nicely that the turnout will not be excessive.
Rebuffing the TMC claims, BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar stated the ruling celebration was making “wild claims” because it was “scared” of Nabanna Abhijan, which has generated curiosity amongst folks.
“Unlike the TMC, we follow standard procedures for such programmes. The BJP believes in ethics and accountability. We don’t support the idea of encouraging our activists-supporters to enjoy a free ride in public transport, inconveniencing general commuters,” Mr Majumdar added.
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