The Bharatiya Janata Party in Punjab has accused the ruling Congress social gathering within the State for unleashing a spate of assaults on its leaders and employees beneath the seize of the continuing agitation of farmers. A contemporary assault on state BJP Chief Ashwani Sharma on Tuesday in Ferozpur and an assault on a gaggle of BJP leaders in Nawanshahr on Monday whereas attending a celebration assembly have been some of the latest incidents being carried out by the Congress employees, the BJP alleged.
However, the federal government claims that the incidents have been the fallout of the farmers’ anger towards the Modi authorities on the farm invoice.
Noticeably, the frequency of assaults has elevated within the run as much as the civic physique polls within the State fuelling allegations that the incidents have been political in nature. Some BJP candidates fearing violent assaults have even determined to steer clear of the electioneering.
The BJP is contesting in round 1,000 seats within the municipal elections to be held on February 14. During the final elections, the BJP had contested in 300 seats because it was in alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
“This is one thing that the Congress will not be with the ability to settle for, therefore they’re organising these assaults on the BJP leaders,” stated Punjab BJP General Secretary Suresh Sharma. He stated that the leaders have requested for elevated safety from the State authorities they usually haven’t been supplied with any safety cowl but. “If the social gathering president has been attacked, then think about the situation of the candidates,” stated Sharma.
Senior social gathering leaders declare that there have been so many violent assaults on the BJP leaders, however no arrests have been made thus far and no person is being questioned.
In October final yr, BJP chief Ashwani Sharma’s automotive was attacked by unidentified individuals whereas he was on his approach to Hoshiarpur. Then the Governor had requested for a report from the Chief Secretary. In one other incident, senior BJP chief Dinesh Kumar roughed up close to Sangrur, whereas on his means for a celebration assembly in January this yr.
“We don’t imagine that these assaults are being made by farmers or farmer union leaders. These assaults are by the Congress social gathering and their employees. These are state-sponsored assaults towards us beneath the garb of farmers’ agitation,” charged BJP State unit President Ashwani Sharma.
He stated that the social gathering leaders have made representations to the State Election Commission and the opposite officers however there was no arrest. “On the opposite, the quantity of assaults has been on the rise because the final month,” he alleged.
The BJP chief additionally alleged that the Congress authorities beneath Captain Amarinder Singh was not going to conduct a free and truthful election. “The BJP candidates will not be being allowed to marketing campaign, meet folks and at any time when they’re making an attempt to achieve out, these assaults are being perpetrated on candidates in order that they get dissuaded and don’t take part within the elections,” stated Sharma.
He feared that issues may worsen within the coming days because the election dates are quick approaching.
The BJP had additionally requested the State Election Commission to postpone the elections however the Congress authorities had opposed it. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has maintained that the BJP was dealing with the wrath of the farmers’ agitation and the social gathering had no function in it.