BJP's mega Nabanna Abhiyan in protest against Mamata govt over scams today
Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in various districts have been detained by West Bengal police as the state's primary opposition party is set to hold a march to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's office, Nabanna, in Howrah in protest against the scams where a number of ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders came under the scanner.
The march, dubbed as Nabanna Abhiyan, is scheduled to begin at 1 pm.
UPDATE: Suvendu Adhikari detained by police while he was on his way to Santraganchi
Three big rallies from three corners will be led by state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari and the party's national vice president Dilip Ghosh.
Seven trains were entirely booked to drive in BJP workers from various districts, where the march has already heated up the political tension.
Meanwhile, police, who have denied permission to hold the march, have put up barricades with guard rails in Howrah to thwart the rally from reaching the state secretariat Nabanna.
Turning rebel against the police, Majumdar told the media, "The Chief Minister and state government are afraid of us so police have been used to stop us."
Glimpses of @WBPolice atrocities.— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) September 13, 2022
They are trampling upon the Fundamental Rights of citizens ensured by Article 19 of The Constitution Of India:
# to assemble peaceably
# to move freely throughout the territory of India
People are resisting spontaneously.#CholoNobanno pic.twitter.com/U4gGufF1ie
The mega protest rally comes days after erstwhile state minister and TMC secretary general (now suspended) Partha Chatterjee and the ruling party's controversial, heavyweight leader Anubrata Mondal were arrested by the central probe agencies in two disparate cases.
UPDATE: Police fire tear gas, water cannons at the BJP supporters
The state politics is on the boil after an unprecedented scene of recovery of cash worth Rs. 50 crore from Chatterjee's aide Arpita Mukherjee's two flats were telecast live on television.
Chatterjee, a former state education minister, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the teacher recruitment scam.
Mondal was arrested from his residence by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the cattle smuggling case.
TMC national general secretary and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee has also been quizzed by the ED in a coal scam case earlier this month.
Despite distancing herself from Chatterjee, Mamata stood beside her trusted lieutenant Mondal accusing her arch-rival BJP of using central probe agencies to tarnish her party's image.
Defending himself, Abhishek dared Union Home Minister and BJP top leader Amit Shah to "arrest" him.