The BJP today refuted allegations levelled by chief minister Mamata Banerjee that ‘central agencies’ had been threatening Trinamul Congress leaders and elected representatives with jail terms in chit fund scam cases if they failed to get in touch with the BJP. Denying such a charge, BJP leader Mukul Roy challenged Miss Banerjee to revealed the name of a single TMC leader who has been threatened by any central agency.

“This is a false and malafide allegation. She has made such statements to defame the central agencies. I again ask her to give us the name of a single person who has received such threats to join the BJP,” Mr Roy said as he arrived at the Bagdogra airport in Siliguri today.

Miss Banerjee made the allegations as she addressed the Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata yesterday. Roy also took a dig at the chief minister for demanding that elections be held with ballot papers instead of electronic voting machines (EVM), while she has also vowed to launch a nation-wide campaign for the use of ballots “to return to democracy.”

“The EVMs were good enough when she won the Assembly elections in 2011; they were good enough in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014; she had no complaints with the machines during the Assembly elections in 2016 too, when she won. She is now talking about manipulation of the EVMs. If she thinks the EVMs are bad, then she should resign by rejecting the votes her party got in the 2016 polls and go for the next elections through ballot papers,” Roy added.