West Bengal: MHA ordered state government to provide security to 61 BJP leaders, TMC hits back at BJP

News Desk: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) ordered the ruling TMC state government of West Bengal to provide security to 61 BJP leaders.

In a communication to the state chief secretary and director general of police (DGP) on August 31, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said “We have decided to provide protection to 61 BJP leaders after examining their security arrangement and holding consultations with central agencies”

State BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said “It is impossible for any political leader or activist other than that of TMC to work in Bengal right now because they are attacked in front of the police and that’s why all these leaders need protection”

Reaction of the ruling TMC

TMC Rajya Sabha member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy hits back at the saffron party. He said “By sending the letter, the Union government had transgressed into the powers of the state”

“Law and order is a state subject. The MHA cannot issue such directions. The state police decide who should be provided protection after evaluating the threat perception. It is not the state’s responsibility to provide security to these people just because they belong to the ruling party at the Centre. If anybody needs protection he or she will have to appeal to the state. The government will take action after evaluating the threat perception” he added.