BJP chief Amit Shah has 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."
He added, "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. I appeal to the people of West Bengal that they answer the violence with peace and high turnout at polls, and bring an end to this cycle of violence by removing the Trinamool."
The BJP chief went on to make an argument citing that the Trinamool, and not the BJP, was the common factor in the case of violence in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections:
"In six phases, Bengal was the only place which witnessed violence. BJP has contested everywhere, yet violence has only taken place here. The Trinamool doesn't believe in democratic rights and processes. I have full faith in the sensibilities of the people of West Bengal.
The violence broke out at the roadshow as the procession, which had kicked off in the afternoon, came to be pelted with stones and bottles by miscreants, following which clashes broke out between various groups.
As per inputs, the roadshow which had involved hundreds of BJP supporters and had kicked off amidst much fanfare 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.