BJP, TMC workers clash twice, Prez rule demanded in Bengal

BJP workers attacked

BJP workers attacked

Notably, the Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal government had earlier rejected the state police administration on Monday.

Sloganeering, TMC workers allegedly pelted stones at the BJP headquarters around 10.30 am and in the ensuing clash, several people were injured. "More than 10 BJP workers suffered severe injuries", Ghosh said.

Ghosh alleged, "Stones were pelted at our party office and cars parked outside". The BJP moved the Calcutta high court against the police's stand. On Thursday, the court had appointed two special officers to ensure law and order is maintained during the bike rally.

However, TMC minister Shashi Panja alleged that the BJP was using violence to disturb the peace and stability of the state.

Tension soon spread to Central Avenue where BJP workers attacked TMC volunteers, alleged the latter. Our party will never allow a communal force like the BJP to disturb the peace prevailing in the state.

Another clash occurred between workers of the parties at the Jorabagan area in central Kolkata over a motorcycle rally by the BJP's youth wing to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada. "We dont need to take lessons from them (TMC)", Ghosh said.

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee also condemned the violence and accused the BJP of letting loose a reign of terror just for making it to the front pages of newspapers. They said this was because he can not inaugurate a road project - his "primary objective" behind the proposed Bengal trip - while the model code of conduct is in place for the January 29 by-elections to the Uluberia (Lok Sabha) and Noapara (Assembly) seats.

The state BJP president along with Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and other senior party leaders were present at the demonstration.

The party said its was tough to carry on with the programme in the present circumstances.

The claim about Gadkari reflects a BJP attempt to play victim and embarrass the state's ruling establishment by alleging a collapse of law and order. On Saturday, it will protest outside every police station in the state.

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. "We have requested the Central government not to send ministers to any function organised by the West Bengal government".

The Calcutta High Court has directed that the BJYM's rally be stopped for two days and recommence from January 15, following the mob attack on it here.

Ghosh claimed the "last-minute change" in Gadkari's plans owed to his lobbying with BJP national president Amit Shah, but this could not be independently verified. The party has also chose to organise a demonstration outside all police stations in the state tomorrow.

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