West Bengal Lok Sabha Elections

WATCH: "BJP Will Not Tolerate It," Says Prakash Javadekar Accusing The Trinamool Of Violence In Amit Shah's Kolkata Roadshow

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Union Minister Prakash Javadekar lashed out at the Trinamool for the violence that erupted at BJP president Amit Shah's rally in West Bengal's capital city. 
  • He said that BJP will not tolerate the violence and will approach the Election Commission for the same

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar lashed out at the Trinamool for the violence that erupted at BJP president Amit Shah's rally in West Bengal's capital city. 

Responding to the dramatic violence, the Union Minister said that the BJP will "not tolerate" and that will defeat the goonism democratically, furthermore said that the Election Commission needs to intervene. 

He said, "Mamata is losing, BJP is coming and that is why the goonism and violence erupted.  This will not go on. I just heard right now that the Police themselves are pressing the Trinamool Congress button, voters are not allowed to vote. BJP will not tolerate the violence that happened today, whatever has to be done for the democracy of the country will be done." 

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"We had also defeated the Emergency, even now if they fight in this manner, we will democratically defeat them but the Election Commission must intervene and work, because the state machinery is practising terror," he added. 

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. 

BJP chief Amit Shah has narrated the sequence of events that saw his roadshow in Kolkata coming under attack on Tuesday evening. 

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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." 

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