Trouble began after stones were pelted at BJP President Amit Shah's convoy as it passed through College street and the arterial Bidhan Sarani on its way to Swami Vivekananda's residence in north Kolkata, a little over 3.5 km from Esplanade in the heart of the city. As suggested by the visuals, the attackers showed black flags and waved posters with "Amit Shah go back" written on them.
Speaking to Republic TV, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari condemned the attack and said, "Bengal is supporting BJP, because of this the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and their leaders are shocked and hence they are getting down on the streets and attacking people". Calling it, a rather 'unfortunate' incident for democracy, the Union Minister said, "This act is not good for free and fair polling and since the Opposition know that they can't win, they are intentionally taking the route of violence".
Asserting that the Election Commission should look into the attack, he said, "The way this Election season is going, with violence and the leader's rally being interrupted, the people of Bengal will understand'. He then went on to make an interesting comment where he said that "tired of Trinamool- run government, all parties including CPI(M) will welcome BJP rule in West Bengal.".
As per inputs, the clashes broke after sticks were hurled at Amit Shah’s cavalcade while it was passing through College Street near Calcutta University. The police later resorted to lathi-charge to control the violence. As per news agency PTI, stones were pelted at Amit Shah’s convoy from a college hostel on Bidhan Sarani.