Last evening, clashes broke out at the Amit Shah’s mega rally in Kolkata between supporters of the BJP and the Trinamool. Police stepped in to control the crowd using batons. Mr. Shah today has blamed Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her party for the violence and vandalism at his roadshow.
Accusing the Trinamool he told reporters in Delhi, “I wouldn’t have got away unhurt without the CRPF’s protection”.
“Mamata didi, you are fighting on only 42 seats in one state. The BJP is fighting in every state. If only Bengal is facing violence, then it is because of the Trinamool,” the BJP chief added.
He claimed that it was clear that the “ulti ginti (countdown)” had begun for Mamata Banerjee’s party in Bengal. The clashes erupted after the BJP supporters allegedly protested to posters of “Amit Shah Go Away” held by activists outside the Calcutta University and the Vidyasagar University. During the vandalism, the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was smashed. However, both the parties have accused each other of the vandalism.
Amit Shah stated that “The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue”.
Meanwhile, the BJP chief has also shared the photos of the clashes and claimed that the Election Commission is acting like a “mute spectator” and not taking any step against the Trinamool.
The TMC accused the BJP of breaking the gates and released some pictures which they called as proof while the BJP chief alleged that the Trinamool workers threw stones at the roadshow and tearing up posters of PM Modi and himself.
The BJP has urged the poll body to ban Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for the last phase of the national election. This morning, Amit Shah said in a press conference that the statue was broken by the TMC workers to accuse his party. “Mamata Didi’s goons were frustrated by the crowds at the roadshow and tried to cause a stampede. I appear to the people of Bengal to throw out the Trinamool,” he said.