Kolkata, March 15 (IANS) Protesting against the BJP for urging the Election Commission (EC) to declare Bengal a super sensitive state during the 2019 elections, Trinamool Congress women activists launched a 48-hour sit-in protest on Friday.
The BJP too commenced a sit-in protest in the city to “save democracy” and the party’s state President Dilip Ghosh described the Trinamool’s protest as a “drama”.
“Those who are running a caretaker government have approached the Election Commission with this strange and illegal demand of declaring 77,000 booths of Bengal as super sensitive. So, we are protesting against it,” party’s women cell chief Chandrima Bhattacharya said.
“The way they are behaving it seems that the nine crore population of the state is fighting amongst themselves,” she said, adding that they neither know anything about the geographic conditions, nor the general conditions of any of the polling booths of the state.
Party supremo and state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had already said that the BJP leaders were insulting the state as she and her party are fighting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
Bhattacharya said: “There was a single-phase election in 2004 when only our Chief Minister became a parliamentarian. The three-phase election in 2009, gave 19 MPs and in 2014 the phases were increased to five giving us 34 MPs.”
Bhattacharya claimed that the party would win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats.
Taking a jibe at the Trinamool’s protest Ghosh said: “First they must decide if they want to go for elections or just sit for protests. There is more to come, so if they keep doing sit-ins they might fall ill. They are doing drama.”
According to Ghosh, Bengal is a “sensitive zone” which is not hidden from anybody.
“Even a child knows the above fact as there are bombings going on, voters are not allowed to step out and are sent back after inking their fingers. One cannot file nomination or do the campaigning properly,” he said.