Posters Threatening Minister Triggers TMC-BJP Blame Game

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Kalyani: A number of hand-written posters threatening a state minister was found in Nadia district of West Bengal on Tuesday, leading to a blame game between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP.

“Ratna Ghosh, beware. Giving you three days. Watch your steps. Don’t create disturbance in the area,” the posters read.

Written in Bengali in bold red paint on white paper, the message was signed by ‘Mahakaal’, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Ratna Ghosh, an MLA of Chakdaha constituency in the district, is the minister of state for small and cottage industries.

The posters were found pasted on walls near Shimurali rail station complex and in the local market under Chakdaha police station limits in the morning.

Local TMC leaders tore up the posters.

Ghosh said, “The BJP is behind this and we have lodged a complaint with the police and the Election Commission.”

The minister said she attended a few poll campaign programmes in Shimurali area during the past few days and on Monday.

“The BJP got scared and did this,” she said.

BJP South Nadia president Jagannath Sarkar denied the charge and alleged that it was done by the TMC itself to get sympathy of the people.

“The TMC sees the BJP’s ghost everywhere and blames the BJP for everything. The minister exploited and oppressed the people of Chakdaha area. That is why the people are not with her,” Sarkar claimed.

Shimurali falls under Ranaghat Lok Sabha constituency where polling will be held on April 29.