The state BJP will launch a statewide gherao of BDO offices and municipal offices in protest against alleged rampant irregularities in making money of government scheme available to poor beneficiaries and violence allegedly indulged in by Trinamul Congress activists.

The party condemned minister Partha Chatterjee’s threat to people complaining against TMC functionaries for allegedly taking cut money. BJP general secretary Sayantan Bose said that people’s demand for return of the money is justified and government is trying to silence their voice.

Mr Bose said that BJP activists will gherao all BDO offices, municipal offices and gram panchayat on 18 July in all districts demanding publishing of the names of the beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Sochalay Yojana. “We want to see the list of PMAY schemes and Sochalay Yojana. At the same time we want to know the names of those who took cut money,” said Mr Bose.

Mr Bose blamed the Trinamul Congress for political violence in the state. “We will also lodge our protest against non-stop harassment by police and TMC backed goons of BJP workers. The unabated violence over the past weeks appears to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and inspire confidence among people,” said Mr Bose. The TMC won 22 and the BJP 18 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal and, with Assembly elections due in 2021, the state BJP has accused Miss Banerjee of autocracy.

Mr Bose said that more movements will be organised to protest excesses against BJP workers and slapping of false criminal charges against saffron party activists.

“The TMC has been trying to subvert democracy in the state. Our protest movement will continue. The people are defecting from TMC to BJP and chief minister Mamata Banerjee is now on a path of selfdestruction, where she herself is snuffing out her party’s chances in the 2021 elections,” said Mr Bose.