Kolkata:The hub of this city, Esplanade and Chowringee, was on Saturday virtually choked with the arrival of hundreds and thousands BJP supporters...
Kolkata:The hub of this city, Esplanade and Chowringee, was on Saturday virtually choked with the arrival of hundreds and thousands BJP supporters to listen to party national president Amit Shah at an open rally on Mayo Road even as allegations were levelled against the ruling Trinamool Congress for preventing people from attending the venue. BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that some 10/12 buses/trucks en route to the rally carrying party supporters were prevented after the TMC activists pelted with stones at the vehicles. stoned on the vehicles. "
I have never seen such undemocratic stance of a ruling party in Bengal that any event being organised by the Opposition in the state are prevented by the ruling regime," Mr Vijayvargiya said. Meanwhile, the TMC today began 'condemnation day' in protest against the NRC in Assam with party supporters observing black day in the districts as well as in the city on Sunday. The TMC supporters in a unique protest have shaved their heads en-mass in the district. Union minister and Asansol MP Babool Supriyo alleged that the TMC was acting against the "humanity" and said the way the state was running was against human progress. ' The people will reply in proper time, he added. Former TMC heavyweight and now BJP leader Mukul Roy alleged the move by the TMC smacked of 'cowerdice' and alleged that the TMC goons tore off BJP posters and set up their party supremo Mamata Banerjee posters at Mayo Road. He claimed that today's gathering would break all the records in recent time. State unit president Dilip Ghosh said this was not new to BJP as the ruling party always tried to disrupt meeting of the Opposition and added that despite several attempts thousands and thousands of people have been pouring in to the city to attend the BJP rally.
Today's rally also held significance because last month the BJP had accused the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government of denying permission for Shah's rally. Mr Shah had then threatened that he will hold his rally irrespective of whether the government gave its nod. However, the city police said permission for Mr Shah's rally was approved the moment the BJP submitted its application. The BJP has upped its ante against the ruling party in view of 2019 Lok Sabha election aiming at least 21 seats out of 42.