BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow in connection with the polls ended up in a violent clash between the BJP and TMC student wing workers on the streets of Kolkata on Tuesday. Clashes began when BJP president Amit Shah’s convoy passed by Calcutta University campus on College Street. As the news spread around, the nearby Vidyasagar College campus also turned to be a war front.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of instigating violence during the roadshow by the party chief.
The students’ wing of TMC were gathered and protesting in front of the Calcutta University gates and displayed posters asking Shah to “go back” and apologise for his comment “Kangal Bangla [destitute Bengal]”. And it was all of a sudden the attack had broken out.
In his first reaction after clashes, Amit Shah claimed that the TMC goons were frustrated with the positive response of his roadshow. Speaking to ANI, Shah said, “Today the way BJP’s roadshow got a response in Kolkata with almost every citizen attending it, TMC’s goons were frustrated and so attacked it. I would like to congratulate BJP workers as even after such chaos the roadshow continued and concluded at the planned place and time.”
Responding to the issue, Mamata Banerjee said, “I’ve learnt some BJP hooligans have vandalised Vidyasagar college. We will not let go this easily. We will give befitting reply.”