Kolkata। Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad activists allegedly pelted stones at BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata today, triggering clashes in which three motorbikes were set ablaze in the College Street area.
Trouble began after stones were pelted at Amit Shah’s convoy as it passed through College Street and the arterial Bidhan Sarani on its way to Swami Vivekananda’s residence in north Kolkata, a little over 3.5 km from Esplanade in the heart of the city, where it began.
A scuffle broke outside the Calcutta University campus on College Street, when student activists of both the Left and the TMCP shouted slogans against Shah.
Amit Shah blamed the Trinamool Congress for the bedlam.
“There were disturbances in two places during my rally here as the Trinamool supporters tried to create violence and threw stones and bricks at us,” he said.
Amit Shah said that Mamata Banerjee could not stand the massive support given by People of Bengal during Road Show.
He Tweeted, ‘Writing on the wall is clear and Mamata didi has read it well. Didi, your violence and hooliganism can no more stop the people of Bengal from reclaiming the true legacy of this great land.’
Arun Jaitley criticized Bengal Government for the violence and said that it is upto Election Commission to take action.
Has Bengal acquired a Government of Gangsters? The attack on Amit Shah’s peaceful rally by the TMC is deplorable . Is a free & fair Poll possible in Bengal? All eyes are now on the Election Commission.
— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 14, 2019
Earlier in during road show Shah stood on a truck, accompanied by Kolkata North candidate Rahul Sinha, state party chief Dilip Ghosh and senior party leader Mukul Roy. Visibly pleased at the crowd response, he waved to the people and also folded his hands in the traditional greeting of namaste.
I am sure this massive support for the BJP among people of Bengal must have shaken the anarchist Mamata government.
— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 14, 2019
Amid showering of petals, Shah’s road show continued to grow in size with more and more people joined in. Thousands more watched the spectacle from balconies, shops, roadside buildings and pavements, embellished with huge cut-outs of Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Half an hour into the programme, large stretches of the city hub came to a standstill, with a sea of humanity participating in the road show, the likes of which the city has rarely seen.
It was more than a mere political programme. The cultural side was hard to miss. Artists, brought from several states and districts, performed song and dance routines, to present the culture of their various areas.