Scores of BJP staff from Kolkata and Howrah began their in the direction of Nabanna to protest the “worsening” regulation and order scenario in the state.
- Last Updated: October 8, 2020, 2:26 PM IST
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A skirmish erupted between the West Bengal Police and BJP staff as members of the BJP tried to interrupt by barricades throughout their ‘Nabanna Chalo’ march in the direction of state secretariat on Thursday, police mentioned. Scores of BJP staff from Kolkata and Howrah began their rally in the direction of Nabanna to protest the “worsening” law and order situation in the state. Police used tear gas and water cannons to stop members of the saffron party.
Police also lathi-charged workers on Howrah Bridge. BJP state vice-president Raju Banerjee and MP Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato were injured during the clashes. Arvind Menon, BJP National Secretary was also wounded. The party launched the statewide ‘Nabanna Chalo’ rally on Thursday to protest against the alleged killing of its party workers. Close to two lakh people are expected to be participating in these protests despite public transportation like trains and buses running with limited capacity. Each mandal was assigned the task of deploying 10 buses to bring workers to the protest venue.
BJP’s newly appointed Yuva Morcha chief Tejasvi Surya, who was among the many leaders steering the march, mentioned that tear fuel and water cannons have been launched on the agitators.
“This is what fascism looks like! Country bombs hurled at our rally by TMC goons from rooftops. Tear gas and water canons launched against a peaceful march. The tyrant’s time is coming to an end. #NabannoCholo,” Surya wrote on Twitter.
“We are sensing that the people of Bengal do not want Mamata Banerjee government anymore. This is a mockery of democracy,” Surya informed Information18.
“Police is lathi charging our people…Stone-pelting being done from Khidirpur side. Can’t the police see that?” BJP chief Locket Chatterjee was quoted as saying by information company ANI.
BJP common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya accused chief minister Mamata Banerjee of attempting to show the get together’s demonstration right into a violent protest. “We are protesting democratically, but Mamata Ji has tried to turn our peaceful demonstration into a violent protest. Goons along with police pelted stones at us,” Vijayvargiya was quoted as saying.
Four large rallies, two every from Kolkata and Howrah, will march in the direction of Nabanna in Shibpur in Howrah district, BJP sources informed information company PTI. Meanwhile, BJP staff reportedly set fireplace to tires in Howrah through the agitation.
The ruling Trinamool Congress authorities in the state on Wednesday refused permission to the occasion citing the Pandemic Act and mentioned that democratic rallies inside “permissible parameters” of just 100 participants will be given clearance. Earlier, the state government has also announced that Nabanna will remain shut for two days from October 8 for “sanitisation” work.
(With inputs from PTI)