Stones were hurled at a BJP roadshow in Kolkata today hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s rally at Nandigram. Bottles were heard from rooftops and reports said some people carrying Trinamool Congress flags also were heard shouting “go back” slogans.
A huge police force has been deployed near south Kolkata’s Mudiali area — located near the home of the Chief Minister — to maintain calm.
The BJP, confident after its performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls where it won 18 of the state’s 42 seats, was holding a ”Paribartan Yatras” today. Elections to the 294-member state assembly are due in
The state’s ruling Trinamool Congress has been toe to toe with the BJP and political tension has been rising in the city as the state elections inch closer.
Last week, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and discussed, among other things, the possibility of violence in the upcoming assembly elections.
“When we look at the panchayat elections of 2018 and the general elections of 2019, it is seen that they have been bloody; rules have been violated and voters have been under stress,” said the Governor, who has been accused by the Trinamool of repeatedly violating the constitution with his acts and remarks against the West Bengal government.