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Poster Calls on Stores to Boycott BJP Bengal Men; ostracism, says Nirmala Sitharaman | India News


GHATAL / KOLKATA: A poster asking shop owners not to sell anything to 18 BJP organizers from a Midnapore village caused a stir in political circles on Saturday that it arrived in Delhi. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted against the way people were being “ostracized” in a Bengal village.
“This is shocking. I would urge CM @MamataOfficial to see that ALL West Bengal citizens are protected and not marginalized or denied the basics. Otherwise, a real shame, “posted Sitharaman.
The tweet prompted West Midnapore police to file a suo motu FIR after the poster was found in the Mahishda market area on Friday night.
The poster called on villagers at booths 176 and 179 in the Keshpur constituency, where the BJP had an advantage, to boycott their local organizers. He also asked shop and tea stall owners to stop selling items to 18 BJP karyakartas. The fatwa, reportedly issued by Mahishda Trinamool, warned of a heavy fine for merchants if they failed to comply with orders without “party consent.” BJP MP Rajya Sabha Swapan Dasgupta said: “The idea is to break the moral and economic backbone of the Karyakartas, using the cover of media silence and police complicity.” BJP workers complained that similar brochures were being distributed in Keshpur.
Trinamool Ghatal MP Dev Adhikari, however, said the poster was not issued by anyone from Trinamool.

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