Dilip Ghosh, the president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal, accused miscreants associated with the ruling Trinamool Congress of attacking him in Bankura’s Khatra on Thursday. He said that the miscreants damaged his vehicle by pelting stones.

Following a complaint by Ghosh, the police confirmed that unidentified miscreants attacked the state BJP president when he was on his way back to his hotel after attending a dinner at a party worker’s house.

Ghosh said that the attackers hurled abuses and raised anti-BJP slogans.

“TMC workers attacked me and my vehicle. There is no sign of democracy in the state. An atmosphere of fear is being created in the state,” he was quoted by ANI.

Terming the allegation as “baseless”, the Bankura district TMC leadership claimed that the attack was carried out by rebels in the BJP.

On Wednesday, the car of BJP leader and former MLA Samik Bhattacharya was attacked by miscreants at Chakdaha in Nadia district.

The attack on Ghosh and Bhattacharya came just two days before BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata.

Shah will be addressing supporters at an event called Yuva Somabesh on 11 August. The BJP is expecting a massive turnout at the venue of the rally.

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya inspected the venue of the site on today, 9 August.

Reports say that the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety and security of their president. Besides Kolkata police cover, the BJP has deployed security drones at the rally venue.

“Drones are essential for security as lakhs of supporters are expected. Kolkata police holds accountability for security, but BJP workers will be also present to ensure absolute security for our party president,” was quoted as saying by ANI.