TMC’s efforts to keep me out of Bengal will not succeed: BJP leader Malviya

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Kolkata. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell chief Amit Malviya on Thursday said that the allegations leveled against him are an attempt by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to keep him out of West Bengal, in which the ruling party will never succeed. BJP’s ‘West Bengal co-in-charge’ Malviya had talked about filing a criminal defamation case against Kolkata lawyer Shantanu Sinha a day earlier for allegedly making ‘derogatory’ remarks. He challenged the state’s Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to solve the problems of Sandeshkhali through proper methods instead of resorting to propaganda campaigns.

He said on the social media platform ‘X’, “Mamata Banerjee should find other legitimate ways to wash off the stain of Sandeshkhali instead of throwing mud on me through others. Such efforts to keep me out of Bengal will not work. I will not go until the Bengal unit of BJP ensures justice for the women of Sandeshkhali and ousts TMC from power.” Malviya said, “BJP and even the leftists have named ‘Hindu Samhati’ as the Hindutva wing of Trinamool.” Sinha is a leader of Hindu Samhati.

Malviya was referring to the allegations leveled by ‘Hindu Samhati’ leader and lawyer by profession Shantanu Sinha. He also shared a photo of Sinha outside the TMC Bhavan with this post. Reacting to this, Sinha told PTI-Bhasha, “On August 16 last year, we had organized an event on behalf of ‘Hindu Samhati’ and invited all political parties including TMC, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and BJP. This photo was taken when I came out of the TMC Bhavan after extending the invitation.” Malviya has already sent a legal notice to Sinha for making ‘false and derogatory statements’ and has asked him to apologize.

Malviya’s lawyer has said in the legal notice that Sinha has made ‘some false and defamatory allegations’ in a post on Facebook with an intent to harm his client’s reputation. Sinha said he is ready for a legal battle and will not withdraw the post. He had said in a post on Facebook, “If my post has hurt Mr Malviya and/or my party’s image has been tarnished due to such misinterpretation and edited version, I express my heartfelt regret for the same. Since I have not written anything inappropriate with the intention of tarnishing anyone’s image, I am not withdrawing the post that caused controversy.”

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