Hitting out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh today alleged that an "artificial potato crisis" has been created in the state by those patronised by the ruling party.
Expressing concern over the "sudden spurt in the price of the kitchen staple, now available at Rs 40 per kg, if not more", Mr Ghosh said this has hurt the common man.
"Why is the price of potato so high? The crisis has been created artificially by those patronised by the ruling party. It has been created by those who take cut money for everything," Mr Ghosh told reporters.
The BJP leader also said that a section of TMC members are unhappy with the way the leadership has been functioning, and claimed that the "revolting" cadres are raising slogans like "PK Hatao, TMC Bachao" (Remove PK, Save TMC) to protest against the ruling party's decision to hire election strategist Prashant Kishores for the 2021 Assembly polls.
Asked if BJP will be able to recover from the jolt it faced in the hills, with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung severing ties with the NDA and joining the TMC camp, Dilip Ghosh said the turncoat has "betrayed" the people of Darjeeling.
"Bimal Gurung has betrayed the people in the hills and the Binoy Tamang faction has no acceptability. The BJP, however, has all along stood by the people there. Our MP enjoys great popularity there," he said.