Centre summons Bengal chief secy, DGP over attack on Nadda’s convoy

The Centre has also summoned the state’s chief secretary and police chief over the Dec 10 incident

A vehicle of BJP chief JP Nadda's convoy damaged after stone-pelting in Diamond Harbour | Photo: PTI

The Centre has summoned West Bengal’s chief secretary and police chief on Monday over the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the state, a day after BJP national president JP Nadda’s convoy came under attack in the state’s Diamond Harbour.

Union Home Minister had slammed the state government over the incident and ordered a probe into the incident. The state’s Governor, Jagdeep Dhankhar, submitted a report to the Union home ministry on Friday on the prevailing law and order situation in West Bengal, as per the Centre’s direction. The Mamata government, however, has not sent any report as sought by the Centre on “serious security lapses” during Nadda’s Bengal visit.

After submitting the report, the governor warned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to “play with fire”. Addressing reporters at Raj Bhawan, Dhankhar said the contents of his report to the Centre “cannot be shared on account of propriety”.

He, however, alleged the violators of law in Bengal have the protection of state police and administration. “The Governor will vindicate his oath, come what may,” he asserted, adding it was his duty to protect the Constitution. “Accountability will be enforced,” Dhankhar said.

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In Diamond Harbour, constituency of CM Banerjee’s  nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Nadda’s convoy was attacked with bricks and stones on Thursday. Shah had called it “sponsored violence”, and alleged the state has “descended into an era of tyranny and anarchy” under TMC rule.

In response to BJP’s allegations, Banerjee had on Thursday claimed that the attack on Nadda’s convoy in the state is a “drama” to divert attention from lack of attendance in his rally. Wondering why 50 cars were after Nadda’s vehicle, she said that only three cars were part of her convoy.

Meanwhile, reports suggest the Union home minister may himself visit Kolkata on December 19 and 20, months ahead of the crucial assembly in the elections in the state where the BJP had made inroads during last year’s Lok Sabha elections, winning as many as 18 out of 40 seats.