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Kolkata: BJP Workers Stage Protests Over Party’s Candidate List For Assembly Polls

The BJP protesters have claimed that many ex-TMC leaders, who have been involved in corruption, have been given tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls

Kolkata: BJP Workers Stage Protests Over Party’s Candidate List For Assembly Polls
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Kolkata: BJP Workers Stage Protests Over Party’s Candidate List For Assembly Polls
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2021-03-16T22:04:16+05:30

With just weeks left for the West Bengal Assembly polls, numerous BJP workers in the state, staged protests on Tuesday opposing the party’s list of candidates.

The demonstrations took a violent turn after many party workers hurled stones at some of the nominees. The protesters also staged a demonstration outside the BJP office in Kolkata.

Clashes also broke out between the police and the BJP workers in Kolkata after the latter tried gheraoing candidates who were about to enter the party office.

The police had to resort to mild lathi-charge to disperse the protesters -- many of them active members from Canning West, Magrahat, Kultali and Joynagar in South 24 Parganas -- outside the party's Hastings office in the city.

At least six activists were detained, and one policeman injured in the melee.

"We want immediate withdrawal of Arnab Roy's candidature from Canning West seat. He switched over to the BJP from the TMC only five days ago," a party activist from the constituency said.

The protesters claimed that TMC leaders involved in corruption have been given nomination by the BJP.

Some of them also said that the turncoats had once unleashed violence on BJP members.

"We will sit idle and not work for the party's election campaign if the candidate list is not revised," Ronny Manna, a long-time BJP worker from Magrahat, said.

Demonstrations outside the BJP's election office in Kolkata and in other parts of the state have been underway since Sunday evening, after the announcement of the party's second list of 63 candidates for the third and fourth phase of elections in Bengal. Activists vandalised party offices, harassed central leaders and blocked roads by burning tyres in several places.

Sayantan Basu, the BJP's state general secretary, said the leadership was looking into the matter.

"The party is growing in size, as more and more people continue to join us. The number of aspirants has swelled. There are bound to be some problems, but that will be addressed soon," he claimed.

Reacting to the incident of the police lathi-charge, BJP state spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya said the "that was totally uncalled for".

"The lathi-charge was unprovoked and unwarranted. We don't believe our activists hurled stones at anyone," he said.

Denying the charge, a senior police officer said action had to be taken to control the agitators, "who were getting violent".

(With PTI inputs)

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