In the aftermath of the violent clashes that broke out during the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah in West Bengal's Kolkata, party delegation led by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met the Election Commission in New Delhi over the matter.
Addressing the press briefing after the meeting with Election Commission, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, emphasising on the attack at BJP chief Amit Shah during his roadshow in Kolkata.
"Only one phase is left, our demands specifically are that the Election Commission should ban the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee from doing any campaign because in her speeches, she has been provocative, and based on what she says, for eg the line is "inch inch ka badla lenge", and having said that line today we saw in Calcutta that TMC workers went on a rampage. Not stones, but rocks were thrown at our party president," she said.
Denying allegations made by the TMC workers that BJP workers broke the statue of reformist Vidyasagar at the Vidyasagar College, Nirmala Sitharaman said that there are clear evidences that West Bengal is going through law and order crisis.
"Police lathis were picked up by the TMC workers and that was also thrown at the workers of our party and false allegations that BJP workers broke some statues of respective reformist Vidyasagar, all of which are very clearly the evidence that West Bengal is going is through a very severe law and order issue. On our request, we were grateful that the Election Commission has sent to West Bengal the highest number of Central Armed forces," the senior BJP leader added.
Nirmala Sitharaman further put out four demands of the BJP party from the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in the wake of the ongoing violence. She said:
Only in West Bengal, repeatedly violence is going on. In the last phase, many workers of our party were injured. We do not want that situation. So our demands are:
1. CM Mamata Banerjee should be banned from talking in election campaigns
2. The Quick Reaction Teams should really be working as QRTs.
3. A special representative of the Election Commission should be sent to Bengal this instance.
4. The Central Police Force should do flag marches in all those polling areas which are going to elections on the 19th.
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. News agency PTI reported that stones were pelted at Amit Shah’s convoy from a college hostel on Bidhan Sarani.