Ahead of the second phase of the Assam Assembly elections, former Silchar legislator Dilip Kumar Paul has filed an FIR against three BJP leaders allegedly for defaming him.
A former BJP member, Paul is contesting as an Independent candidate this time.
The three leaders are Nitya Bhushan Dey, BJP’s organising secretary for Barak Valley, former municipal ward commissioner Abhrajit Chakraborty, and district BJP president in-charge Bimalendu Roy.
“Three leaders in Cachar district BJP, which I call as corporate BJP, have spoken to the media alleging that I have concealed facts before the Election Commission of India (ECI) about a case against me way back in 2004,” Paul said while addressing the media.
“This is a blatant lie uttered by Nitya Bhushan Dey, Abhrajit Chakraborty, and Bimalendu Roy. They have the sole intention to malign my image ahead of the election,” he further said.
“I have been defamed and, hence, I have filed an FIR against the trio under FIR no. 981, dated March 28, 2021,” he added.
It may be mentioned here that in 1999, a case of food adulteration was registered against Paul, which was quashed in 2006.
“During the period when the case was under proceedings, I did not contest in any election,” Paul informed.
Meanwhile, the three BJP leaders had informed the media on Saturday that “the party will report to the ECI with the appeal to cancel his candidature on the ground that why Dilip Kumar Paul allegedly concealed the fact of a case against him via an affidavit before the ECI.”