Amit Shah On Kolkata Clashes Says Wouldn’t Have Escaped Unhurt But For CRPF

Amit Shah addressed a press conference a day after violence at his rally in Kolkata.

New Delhi/ Kolkata: 

BJP president Amit Shah today blamed Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool for the violence, arson and vandalism at his roadshow in Kolkata yesterday. “I wouldn’t have got away unhurt without the CRPF’s protection,” Amit Shah told reporters in Delhi, accusing the Trinamool of “attacking” his roadshow.

“Mamata didi, you are fighting on only 42 seats in one state. The BJP is fighting in every state. If only Bengal is facing violence, then it is because of the Trinamool,” the BJP chief said.

He added that it was evident from the Trinamool’s conduct that the “ulti ginti (countdown)” had begun for Mamata Banerjee’s party in Bengal.

“There is no need for president’s rule. The people were end their rule. Mamata Didi’s days are over after May 23 (counting day).”

On Tuesday, there were clashes between supporters of the BJP and the Trinamool as Amit Shah took out his roadshow through Kolkata’s College Street. A sea of saffron, BJP flags and characters from the Ramayana were part of the roadshow that took an 8 km route through the heart of the Bengal capital.

The clashes erupted after BJP supporters allegedly reacted to posters of “Amit Shah Go Away” held by activists outside the Calcutta University and the Vidyasagar University. At the Vidyasagar University, a bust of iconic 19th century social reformer and educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was smashed, with…

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