In a midnight crackdown on BJP leaders and workers, dozens of BJP karyakartas including BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Bagga have been detained by Kolkata Police. According to sources they were picked up at around 3 am earlier today.
The election in West Bengal has been marked with large scale violence and electoral malpractices by the ruling party in the state.
Several BJP leaders and workers have been attacked by TMC goons, including state party president Dilip Ghosh and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The social media is filled with videos from polling booths from the state showing TMC workers voting on behalf of genuine voters, right in front of election officials and security personnel.
Following clashes during Amit Shah’s roadshow in the city on Tuesday, the BJP president is going to hold a media briefing at 10.00 am. BJP will also complain to the Election Commission over the clashes. The party will also hold a protest at 10.30 am in Jantar Mantar.
In the aftermath of the violent clashes that broke out during the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah in West Bengal’s Kolkata, party delegation led by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met the Election Commission in New Delhi over the matter.
Various Twitter users came out and extended support to Bagga and BJP karyakartas and demanded their immediate release
Nirmala Sitharaman slammed Mamata Banerjee government
Addressing the press briefing after the meeting with Election Commission, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, emphasising on the attack at BJP chief Amit Shah during his roadshow in Kolkata.
“Only one phase is left, our demands specifically are that the Election Commission should ban the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee from doing any campaign because in her speeches, she has been provocative, and based on what she says, for eg the line is “inch inch ka badla lenge”, and having said that line today we saw in Calcutta that TMC workers went on a rampage. Not stones, but rocks were thrown at our party president,” she said.
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