Gadkari may skip WB business summit

| | Kolkata

Friday’s clashes between Trinamool Congress and the BJP that left several people injured may push Delhi-Kolkata relationship to a new low with the possibility of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari giving the Bengal Global Business summit a conspicuous slip.

The Summit a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to attract investment in industry-starved Bengal takes place from January 16.

Hours after armed Trinamool men attacked a procession of BJP workers organised to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Bengal, BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the entire episode had been informed to the Central leadership and a request had been made to the Union Minister not to join the Biswa Bangla Summit, “hoping he will boycott the meeting in all likelihood.”

Fuming, Ghosh said “there is no democracy in Bengal. Here the Opposition has no space. We have informed the Centre and the Governor about the incident and waiting for the necessary steps.” When asked as to whether the Friday’s development would have any impact on a central representative attending the Bishwa Bangla Summit, he said “Gadkariji has been informed about this. A request has been made to him and he is unlikely to attend the meet.”

The Friday’s botched programme, a part of the 700-km motorbike rally — named “Pratirodh Sankalpa Abhiyan”— organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha from Contai in East Midnapore to Coochbehar in North Bengal generated much heat and dust over the week in the wake of a legal battle that went the BJP’s way after the State police refused it permission with apprehension of communal disturbance.

Hearing both the sides the Calcutta High Court apart from restoring the BJP’s right to host rallies appointed a special observer who would accompany the procession and file a report before the Court.

Several BJP workers including BJYM State president and two police men were injured and several vehicles were vandalized in an alleged unprovoked attack launched by Trinamool goons when the rally was crossing Kolutola in North Kolkata.

The march perceived as BJP’s public relation exercise ahead of the panchayat elections scheduled to be held in a few months’ time was promptly postponed by the State leadership and would now take place from January 15 to 20.



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