'People Scared To Talk': Mahua Moitra's Royal Rival Cites Law And Order

New Delhi:

Amrita Roy, the erstwhile royal of Bengal’s Krishnagar who will take on Trinamool Congress’s Mahua Moitra, told NDTV today that given the law and order situation in the state, she thought she had a role to play.

Citing the recent allegations of land grab and sexual harassment emanating from Sandeshkhali against Trinammol Congress strongman Sheikh Shahjahan, she told NDTV in an exclusive interview that such events happen every other day.

“Some things are coming out. Other things are being kept under wraps… So I feel that I have a big role to play… this cannot go on,” she told NDTV.

“People are scared to come out or talk… in case they get a bad name. They are being deprived of their fundamental right,” she added.

The idea of contesting, though, was of the BJP, which had approached her, she told NDTV. She said though she had been apolitical all her life, she had accepted “since it was a good platform”.

The BJP, which is hoping to win at least 25 of the state’s 42 seats, is focusing on woman power this time.

With Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress said to be backed by the state’s women, the BJP is hoping its women candidates would help it expand its footprint in the state.

Ms Roy is facing Mahua Moitra, the sitting MP from Trinamool till she was disqualified by a Parliamentary Ethics Committee over the alleged cash-for questions controversy earlier this year.

In a huge show of support for Ms Moitra, the party has fielded her from Krishnanagar again, expressing confidence that she would be re-elected.

Asked about senior BJP leader Dilip Ghosh’s remarks about Mamata Banerjee — over which he has received a showcause notice from the Election Commission —  Ms Roy said,  “In politics, many things can be misinterpreted. You should be a little cautious,” she said.

“Didi goes to Goa and says, ‘I am Goa’s daughter’… goes to Tripura and says, ‘Am Tripura’s daughter’. Decide who your father is. It is not good to be just anybody’s daughter,” Dilip Ghosh had said – words that have even been slammed by his own party.

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