August 20, 2019 | 6:18 PM IST
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Kolkata streets turn into battlegrounds during BJP’s Amit Shah’s visit

Calcutta University’s College Street campus and Vidyasagar College virtually became battlefields after BJP and TMC supporters turned violent during the roadshow of BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday evening in Kolkata.

Shah termed the incident as ‘an attack’ and not ‘violence’. He making fresh attacks on West Bengal supremo Mamata Banerjee on the incident said that the TMC workers destroyed an iconic statue of the social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and blamed it on BJP. Tuesday’s  “Save Republic rally" was a huge rally with saffron balloons, BJP flags, and several men dressed as Hanuman dancing to the tune of “Jai Shri Ram” beats.

While the BJP has decided to approach the Election Commission seeking a ban on Mamata Banerjee from campaigning the last phase of Lok Sabha election and planning a protest at Jantar Mantar, which will be attended by senior BJP leaders.
Shah said that the attackers were TMC hooligans and had the CRPF jawans not been there to guard him, he would not have been alive. The route was diverted and a busier road was taken. He was unable to pay tributes to Swami Vivekananda at his ancestral home as was planned.
However, as several TMC party workers put images of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s image on their social media accounts the party chief called it a ‘huge shame’

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