BJP looking into child trafficking charges: Dilip

23 Feb 2017

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh today said the party was looking into allegations of child trafficking against its Jalpaiguri women's wing leader Juhi Chowdhury and would take action if she is found guilty.

"If found guilty in inquiries by the party, there will be no place for the person in the party," Ghosh told newsmen here. Hitting out at ruling TMC for criticising BJP on the issue, he said many leaders of that party are in jail. "But criticisms are most against our leaders."  On questions whether BJP's name had been sullied in the child trafficking case as Chowdhury had allegedly helped Chandana Chakraborty, the head of an NGO purportedly involved in the selling of 17 children at high prices in the past few months, he said such rackets had rocked the state in the past few months. "But those were not publicised as TMC leaders were involved in them," he charged.

Earlier, TMC Chatra Parishad, the party's student wing, held demonstrations against the alleged child racket outside the venue where Ghosh was addressing party workers. Police rushed to the spot and the meeting was carried on peacefully. It may be added here that a controversy centering Chowdhury erupted on Wednesday as BJP's women wing president and Rajya Sabha MP Rupa Ganguly sent a Whatsapp message to party colleagues claiming that it was Ghosh who introduced Chowdhury to her and asked her to give the post of general secretary.

Ganguly went on to say she has all documents with her and could have landed his party members in trouble if she wanted but did not do so since she considers the party as a family.