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BJP sponsored goons to attack me: Tripura Cong chief

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Two days after he was shown black flags and stopped from joining a rally at district, around 90km from here, today alleged that the ruling BJP had "sponsored goons" to attack him near the venue of the public meeting.

The saffron party, however, dismissed the allegations and said Sinha was attacked by members of his own party.

Talking to the press, the also claimed that the BJP-IPFT coalition withdrew his security cover after assuming office to "restrict his movements" for organizational works.

The state government, after coming to power on March 9, had removed the security guards of Sinha and Gopal Roy, an ex-MLA of the

"A group of goons sponsored by the BJP had attempted an attack on me in a bid to prevent me from joining a rally at Halahali in district. It is now difficult for us to move in different parts of the state for political and organizational works," Sinha told reporters.

The state Congress threatened to launch a protest outside the office of the of police, demanding restitution of his security cover.

"At least 5000 activists of the Congress will gherao the DGP's office to seek the restoration of security for the party leaders," he said.

Sinha also said that the former Congress MLAs, who joined the BJP, still enjoys security cover.

It is a "political discrimination", Tapas Dey, the party's vice president, said.

"The state unit of the ruling BJP, Pratima Bhowmick, still enjoys a security cover, but the Congress had to let go of his guards," Dey said.

If any Congress is "attacked or murdered", the onus would lie on the BJP government, he added.

Reacting to the allegations of the Congress, BJP spokesperson said Sinha was a "victim of infighting" within his party.

"The Congress was attacked at by members of his own party. The Congress has no political significance and the BJP won't do any such thing," he added.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:10 IST