New Delhi, May 15: Calling BJP President Amit Shah a “liar and cheater”, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday accused the BJP of vandalizing Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue during clashes at his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday.
“BJP people indulged in the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow. The roadshow is just a roadshow, you are not supposed to paste posters on government buildings and other places,” TMC MP Derek O’Brien told the media here.
O’Brien showed two videos in which people were seen vandalizing public property. The TMC leader claimed he had 44 more such videos which he said can prove that “BJP goons” were involved in the violence in Kolkata.
“These videos establish that the BJP President is a liar and cheater.”
Another TMC leader, Manish Gupta, accused the BJP of bringing “goons” and keeping them in hotels to indulge in violence.
O’Brien also accused the central forces of helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal.
“The Central forces are in league with the BJP in Bengal. They are in alliance with the BJP.”
O’Brien said he along with a TMC delegation will meet the Election Commission and lodge a complaint regarding the violence, and also hand over the videos which he said were “authentic proof” against the BJP.
Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah held a press conference and accused Mamata Banerjee‘s TMC of instigating violence during a roadshow on Tuesday.
Both TMC and BJP ever since the start of national polls is in loggerheads. BJP in a run-up to the polls is leaving no stone unturned to make a big dent in Mamata’s Bastion and eyeing a lion share from 42 Lok Sabha Seats.
Amit Shah’s press conference comes a day after a clash between TMC and BJP workers during the roadshow of Amit Shah in Kolkata. Reportedly, massive unrest and violent conflicts broke out between TMC and BJP workers at College Street on Tuesday evening during the roadshow of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah in Kolkata.
Just like Amit Shah’s road initial 6 phases of elections, also saw violence in the state with reports of clashes between TMC and BJP from various places.
Polling in West Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha Seat is being spread on all seven phases. 9 Lok Sabha seats of the state will go to polls in the last phase of the election slated for May 19. Counting of the votes is slated for May 23.