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BJP, TMC engage in pitched battles in Kolkata for Vivekananda's legacy

13 January 2018

The clash ensued when sloganeering TMC workers allegedly pelted stones at the BJP headquarters around 10.30 am. "Many of our supporters are severely injured", alleged Ghosh.

The street fights also attracted Calcutta High Court's notice after its special officer, Rabi Shankar Datta, submitted that his auto was vandalised and he sustained minor injuries near Mohammad Ali Park at 11.15 am.

Police sources said that a huge police contingent was rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control. There is no rule of law in the state. But TMC workers foiled our attempts by attacking our workers at several places.

West Bengal parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said, "Kolkata Police had issued a notification on December 20 previous year banning the display of weapons in rallies".

However, TMC minister Shashi Panja alleged that the BJP was using violence to disturb the peace and stability of the state. "They are only interested in deriving political dividends out of it", Abhishek said.

The BJYM had planned its motorbike rally, Pratirodh Sankalpa Abhiyan, to coincide with Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary and was originally scheduled to start on Friday from Contai in East Midnapore and end in Cooch Behar in north Bengal on January 18. A senior police officer was also injured during the clash.

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However, as a result of the clash, BJP supporters wore black masks and staged a dharna at Central Avenue, claiming that there is no democracy in West Bengal under the AITC.

Meanwhile the Calcutta High Court has told BJP Yuva Morcha to stop their bike rally for three days and conduct it from January 15 to 20.

The party said its was tough to carry on with the programme in the present circumstances. He said, "We started the rally with the court's go-ahead but the ruling party did not pay heed to the court order. Despite having the court order, we are not being allowed to take out the bike rally.We have made a decision to cancel our programme", state BJP president Dilip Ghosh told reporters outside state BJP headquarters as he demanded the imposition of President's Rule in the state.

The BJP had made a decision to take out a bike rally across the state from January 11 to 18 as part of its "Pratirodh Sankalp Abhiyan".

Ghosh claimed that Union minister Nitin Gadkari has decided not to attend the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 in view of the "brutal attack" on BJP workers. He briefed national president Amit Shah about the incident. Ghosh said they would launch a sit-in-demonstration in front of Gandhi Statue in Kolkata and would meet Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to apprise him of the incident and demand President's rule in West Bengal. The party has also chose to organise a demonstration outside all police stations in the state tomorrow.

BJP, TMC engage in pitched battles in Kolkata for Vivekananda's legacy