Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh got a taste of the ground reality in Darjeeling on Thursday when people from the Benoy Tamang faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) roughed up BJP workers accompanying Ghosh minutes after forcing him to cancel a public meeting.
The incidents took place between 3.15 and 4 pm in the heart of Darjeeling town. BJP president Amit Shah later called up Ghosh and inquired about the attack.
Holding posters like “Go back, No more false promises”, the protesters questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party’s silence on the issue of Gorkhaland and asked Ghosh to either make his party’s stand clear on the demand of a separate Gorkhaland state or leave the hills.
It was an embarrassing moment for the BJP as footages of the attack were aired by TV channels. BJP workers accompanying Ghosh and state BJP leader Joyprakash Mazumdar were punched and kicked in front of the media. A couple of men were beaten up with sticks and umbrellas as well.
Protesting against the assault on their leaders, BJP workers blocked road in central Kolkata and took out a protest rally later in the evening. Ghosh had been shown black flags as well in the morning near Kalimpong.