New Delhi: Holding a press conference in the national capital on Wednesday, BJP President Amit Shah tore to shreds the West Bengal government’s claim that his party was behind the violence in the state. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here) Also Read - Manusmriti Remarks Row: BJP's Khushbu Sundar Detained on Way to Protest Against VCK's Thirumavalavan
“During the six phases of Lok Sabha elections, no violence has been reported from anywhere except Bengal,” Shah pointed out. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
He added, “Mamata Banerjee claims that BJP is doing it… I want to tell her, we are fighting in every state in the nation, unlike you on 42 seats in West Bengal. Violence didn’t take place in six phases of elections anywhere but Bengal which proves that TMC is responsible for it.” Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Chirag Paswan Energetic Leader, Raises Issues of His State With Statistics, Says BJP MP Tejasvi Surya
On the violence during his roadshow a day ago, Shah said, “Had CRPF not been there, it would have been really difficult for me to escape. BJP workers were beaten up. TMC can go to any extent, it’s with luck that I made it out.”
He also alleged that his party’s banners were removed hours before the roadshows. “The police remained a mute spectator, PM’s and my posters were torn apart but BJP workers maintained peace,” he added.
On Tuesday, Shah’s mega roadshow in Kolkata turned violent after clashes broke out between BJP supporters and student activists of both the Left and Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP). Chaos reigned supreme as sticks were hurled at Shah’s convoy while it was passing by Calcutta University’s College Street campus.
“A clash took place outside Vidyasagar college and university hostel when TMCP activists threw stones at Shah’s convoy. They showed black flags and waved posters with ‘Amit Shah go back’ written on them,” an official said.
Angered by the protest, BJP workers, including ABVP activists, locked the gates of the hostel and set cycles and motorbikes parked outside on fire. They also pelted stones. A bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidysagar, after whom the college is named, which was outside hostel building, was also damaged by the protesters.