Kolkata: Suvendu Adhikari's mega roadshow 'attacked' allegedly by TMC workers
Kolkata/IBNS: Hours after Trinamool Congress (AITC) supremo Mamata Banerjee announced to contest from rebel Suvendu Adhikari's "home-turf" Nandigram constituency in the upcoming Bengal assembly election, an Adhikari-led BJP roadshow in southern Kolkata was attacked allegedly by TMC activists on Monday evening, reports said.
Reacting to the incident, Adhikari tweeted: "Absolutely horrific scenes in the heart of the City of Joy! Anguished to share that criminal elements and miscreants from @AITCofficialattacked a peaceful political procession being taken out by the@BJP4Bengalattended by Union MoS@DebasreeBJP, State Prez@DilipGhoshBJPand."
Absolutely horrific scenes in the heart of the City of Joy! Anguished to share that criminal elements and miscreants from @AITCofficial attacked a peaceful political procession being taken out by the @BJP4Bengal attended by Union MoS @DebasreeBJP, State Prez @DilipGhoshBJP and I. pic.twitter.com/ahkemXa5Ya— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) January 18, 2021
According to reports, few men, who were allegedly carrying TMC flags as well as black flags, pelted stones aiming at BJP supporters attending the party's roadshow led by its state president Dilip Ghosh and Suvendu Adhikari near Charu Market Police Station in southern Kolkata's Mudiali area.
After the stone-pelting took place, a mob from the BJP rally chased the attackers and reportedly vandalized multiple motorcycles and scooters parked there.
Several BJP workers were injured in the stone-pelting incident and they were rushed to a nearby hospital.
State minister Arup Biswas and local MLA Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay later visited the scene and accused the BJP supporters to be behind the clash.
"BJP supporters attending the rally had started provocation as they first pelted stones aiming at our workers. Our members were putting up TMC's flags there. Hundreds of BJP supporters from the rally suddenly entered the locality," Arup Biswas said.
"The mob beat up locals, ransacked motorbikes, and vandalized a local mosque's air conditioning machine and gate as well as Mamata Banerjee's cut-out," Biswas added.
Trinamool has already called for a counter-rally on the same route on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, after the rally ended, Suvendu Adhikari addressed BJP supporters at Rasbehari area where he dared Mamata Banerjee and said that he will defeat the Chief Minister in Nandigram by half-a-lakh votes, otherwise he will quit. politics.
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