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West Bengal: Union minister Babul Supriyo faces protests during visit to cyclone-hit areas, claims agitators belonged to ruling TMC

Reportedly, soon after Babul Supriyo reached Namkhana, one of the worst- affected areas, protesters stopped his convoy and showed him black flags.

Union minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday faced massive protests as agitators showed black flags asking him to go back when he reached South 24 Parganas to take stock of the situation in cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas.

Supriyo has claimed that the agitators were activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) who at the behest of CM Mamata Banerjee wanted to prevent him from doing his work. “I knew I would face protests during my visit (to cyclone-hit areas). The agitators were all TMC activists,” Supriyo said.

Reportedly, soon after Babul Supriyo reached Namkhana, one of the worst- affected areas, protesters stopped his convoy and showed him black flags.

The Union Minister had on Tuesday said that he had been asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the storm-affected areas, in West Bengal and take stock of the situation.

Taking to Twitter the Union Minister shared the trauma of the locals who have been affected by the Bulbul cyclone in areas like Namkhana and Bokkhali in West Bengal’s South 24 Paraganas where the storm left a trail of destruction rendering thousands of people homeless.

Read: Union Minister Babul Supriyo heckled, pushed by pro-Naxal activists at Jadavpur University, preventing him from entering the campus

In the video shared by the minister, the distressed and homeless locals can be heard saying that no aids or relief materials, like food and medicines, have been provided to them by the ruling TMC government.

This is, however, not the first time the Union Minister has faced such harassment in the hands of TMC cadres. Earlier, in April, party workers belonging to Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) have reportedly attacked Union Minister Babul Supriyo and damaged his vehicle in Asansol while he was on his way to a polling booth in Barabani.

BJP Asansol candidate Babul Supriyo had then visited a polling booth in Asansol constituency after villagers had threatened to boycott polls following the non-deployment of central forces in some polling booths.

The TMC workers clashed with BJP workers who were demanding for central forces to be deployed near polling booths. Clashes were also reported between TMC workers and the security personnel. During this incident, TMC workers have allegedly resorted to vandalism and damaged Babul Supriyo‘s car which was outside the polling station.

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