Arjun Munda denied permission to hold meeting in West Bengal
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Feb. 6: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda Wednesday lashed out at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for her alleged oppressive policies and advocated for President’s Rule in the state to prevent further breakdown of the Constitutional machinery.
After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi, Munda too, was denied permission to address a public meeting by the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal.
Attacking the Bengal CM, Munda said the style of functioning of the Bengal government was a threat for democracy and that it was a desperate attempt to curb the rising popularity of BJP in Bengal. The goings-on is only creating tension and fear amongst the people and the electorate would give a befitting reply in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, he said.
“It is really surprising that leaders of political parties are being denied the right to hold meeting and rallies during election time. It is unprecedented and can be termed as an attempt to demean democracy and the worst scenario witnessed anywhere in the country. I will definitely go at a later date and attend party members’ meet,” said Munda.
The former CM said he would be sending a detailed report to the party high command.
Munda has served as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand for the maximum time and is one of the stalwart leaders of the BJP. He had turned star campaigner for the candidates in fray for Chhattisgarh elections.
Munda, three time former Chief Minister and member of the 15-member BJP election manifesto committee, was scheduled to attend a rally at Bishnupur in Bankura district, around 170 km from Jamshedpur around 2 pm today, had to return from Bandwan in Purulia after being informed around 11.15 am by party members about the decision of Bankura district administration.
“I was scheduled to go to Bishnupur to attend a rally and also hold meeting with BJP supporters and had crossed Katin in Patamda block (in East Singhbhum) district and reached Bandwan when party leaders phoned me up and informed about denial of permission by the district administration,” said Munda, while addressing a press meet at Dimna guesthouse here.
In his own style, he talks to voters in their local language. His reach has expanded.
“He is not only famous in our state but people especially Bengali speaking community in neighbouring states like West Bengal also respect him. He has turned into a star campaigner. He has devoted his time to campaign for the party,” said one of Munda’s close aides.