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Following the attack on the roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah in Kolkata on Tuesday, Republic TV has accessed more than 20 videos that show the build-up of the attack. On Tuesday as Amit Shah's rally began, stones were pelted, kerosene bottles were set afire and thrown. Soon after TMC workers and BJP workers broke into a scuffle.
While the BJP blamed the Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government for instigating violence, Mamata's Trinamool alleged that 'BJP goons vandalised the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at Calcutta University premises.
The videos sent to Republic TV shows the build-up as follows:
Meanwhile, Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a 'padyatra' (roadshow) in a show of Trinamool strength from Beliaghata to Shyambazar in Kolkata. Her roadshow comes a day after violence struck BJP chief Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata.
With Banerjee leading her roadshow, Police and TMC workers surrounded her and media was not allowed to interact with her. However, Republic TV questioned her on the poll-violence, which went unanswered.
"There are allegations on you that you instigated violence, and kill the essence of democracy. What do you want to say?" asked Republic TV reporter.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, speaking in the press conference, BJP chief Amit Shah said: "Till now 6 phases are done and there was no poll violence reported from anywhere in the country but Bengal. I want to tell Mamata didi that you are contesting on seats only in Bengal while the BJP is fighting in all the states over the country, if we were inciting violence then it would be everywhere around the country."
Brushing off the allegations by Trinamool that the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised by 'BJP goons', Shah said showing a picture of the college premises: "The gate was intact after the clash. If the gate was intact after the clash, then the allegation by Trinamool is wrong. Stones were pelted from inside the campus by the Trinamool, we were outside the campus, how would anyone go inside? The Trinamool did it on purpose in their greed to seek votes. BJP workers obviously would not be able to secure the key. The statue was vandalized by the Trinamool goons only for votes."
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