Responding to the violent clashes that broke out at BJP chief Amit Shah's roadshow in West Bengal's Kolkata, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched a scathing attack at the Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee-led government in the state.
Taking to Twitter, Arun Jaitley questioned the West Bengal government whether it has acquired "a government of gangsters". Calling the attack on Amit Shah's peaceful rally in Kolkata "deplorable", the Union Minister stated that all eyes are on the Election Commission now.
In his second tweet, the senior BJP leader hailed party chief Amit Shah, saying "Keep it up". He added saying that only PM Modi and he did rallies in West Bengal when others failed. Arun Jaitley further proclaimed that the "Victory is now at an arm's length distance.
Following the violent clashes, Amit Shah narrated the sequence of events that saw his roadshow in Kolkata coming under attack on Tuesday evening. Speaking to news agency ANI immediately after the roadshow's conclusion, Shah said:
"See, the manner in which BJP's roadshow was being supported, for 8 km, there was no place to stand. There was so much support. Frustrated by this, Mamata didi's party Trinamool's goons attacked. The attack began at a medical college that was just 200m away from my rath. There was an attempt to trigger a stampede. Despite this, BJP supporters ensured that the roadshow continued for the remaining hour and ended at the designated spot. I condemn the violence that Mamata Banerjee's party is perpetrating."
Clashes broke out between BJP supporters and student activists and those of the Left and Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP) during Amit Shah's roadshow in the city on Tuesday, officials told news agency PTI.
As per inputs, the roadshow involving a huge pool of BJP supporters had come under attack as it passed Calcutta University. At that point, while some of those opposing the BJP chief's presence raised black flags and hurled anti-BJP slogans, others allegedly threw stones and bottles.