Police in West Bengal have filed an FIR against BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari and his brother for allegedly stealing tarpaulin, meant for relief. News agency ANI reported that the FIR was filed against the Adhikari, now the leader of Opposition in the Bengal assembly, in Kanthi for stealing relief material from Municipality based on a complaint from the Trinamool Congress.
Sharing the copy of the complaint in Bengali, ANI tweeted, “Ratnadip Manna, a member of Kanthi Municipal Administrative Board, made a complaint at Kanthi Police Station on 1st June against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari & his brother & former Municipal Chief Soumendu Adhikari of Kanthi Municipality.”
According to the complaint, tarpaulin worth lakhs of rupees were stolen on 29 May 2021 at 12:30 pm ‘as per the direction of Suvendu Adhikari and his brother and former Municipal Chief Soumendu Adhikari of Kanthi Municipality.’
Ratnadip Manna, a member of Kanthi Municipal Administrative Board, made a complaint at Kanthi Police Station on 1st June against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari & his brother & former Municipal Chief Soumendu Adhikari of Kanthi Municipality pic.twitter.com/987eC1SaDH
— ANI (@ANI) June 5, 2021
Adhikari, once a trusted lieutenant of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had joined the BJP before this year’s assembly polls. He had fought a bitter election from Nandigram and defeated his former boss, Mamata Banerjee. The BJP failed to wrest to power from the Trinamool in Bengal with Mamata Banerjee winning a historic landslide the third time in a row.
Adhikari was recently in the news after Banerjee refused to meet a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi because of the former’s presence at the venue. Banerjee had argued that Modi had done away with the established protocol by inviting an MLA from his party to be present at a meeting, scheduled to be between the PM and a chief minister. Several BJP leaders had slammed Banerjee for allegedly insulting Modi.