Stones have been hurled at a BJP roadshow in Kolkata at the moment hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s rally at Nandigram. Bottles have been heard from rooftops and stories mentioned some folks carrying Trinamool Congress flags additionally have been heard shouting “return” slogans.
An enormous police power has been deployed close to south Kolkata’s Mudiali space — situated close to the house of the Chief Minister — to keep up calm.
The BJP, assured after its efficiency within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls the place it received 18 of the state’s 42 seats, was holding a ”Paribartan Yatras” at the moment.
The state’s ruling Trinamool Congress has been toe to toe with the BJP and political rigidity has been rising within the metropolis because the state elections inch nearer. Elections to the 294-member meeting are due in April-Could.
Over the past months, there have been a number of situations of political violence for which the 2 events have blamed one another. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh’s automobile has been attacked twice, for which he has blamed the Trinamool Congress. In July final yr, the BJP had issued an inventory of greater than 100 namesm which it mentioned have been of its staff killed by the Trinamool Congress.
The ruling social gathering had denied all allegations, accusing the BJP of creating politically motivated false claims.
Final week, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and mentioned, amongst different issues, the potential for violence within the upcoming meeting elections.
“After we have a look at the panchayat elections of 2018 and the overall elections of 2019, it’s seen that they’ve been bloody; guidelines have been violated and voters have been below stress,” mentioned the Governor, who has been accused by the Trinamool of repeatedly violating the structure along with his phrases and motion in opposition to the West Bengal authorities.