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In a massive newsbreak, clashes broke out during BJP chief Amit Shah's roadshow in West Bengal's Kolkata on Tuesday. Speaking to Republic TV in the matter, Union Minister Babul Supriyo alleged that the violence is a dirty political game by CM Mamata Banerjee, adding that BJP had nothing to with it.
Babul Supriyo said that "nothing big" happened, asserting that the attack was launched from inside the college premises of the Calcutta University. He further stated that BJP workers tried to retaliate the attack in the manner they could have.
"It is absolutely not big. Nothing has been done from our side. The miscreants of the Trinamool attacked the rally from inside the college. The police were standing at the gate, both at the Calcutta university entrance and also the hostel. In both cases, the attack came from inside the premises, stones and bricks were thrown from inside. If you have seen the pictures, the BJP workers retaliated in the manner they could have," Babul Supriyo said.
He further alleged that Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has threatened to calculate the damage and take revenge for it
"How would people from outside go inside and broke the statue? This is absolutely a dirty political game by Mamata Banerjee. She threatened that she is going to calculate every inch and going to take revenge for all of this. This is absolutely not done by BJP. This was an attack that happened from inside the premises," he added.
During the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah in the heart of Kolkata, violent clashes broke out as sticks were hurled at Shah’s truck and even at the Police who were manning the crowd. In an attempt to disrupt the roadshow, the attackers began attacking the Police and along with that, waved black flags, held placards and raised anti-BJP slogans outside the University of Calcutta.
As per PTI inputs, stones were pelted at 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 clash took place outside Vidyasagar college and university hostel when TMCP activists threw stones at Shah's convoy, the officials said.
Meanwhile, BJP delegation comprising of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Anil Baluni, GVL Narasimha Rao & others are set to meet the Election Commission today over the clashes at Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata.
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