West Bengal police use tear gas on BJP workers; resort to lathi-charge
Clashes broke out between the West Bengal police and Bhartiya Janata Party workers as their ‘March to Nabanna’ (state secretariat) took a violent turn on Thursday. Police can be seen trying to disperse the crowd using water cannons and tear gas.
The BJP held the Nabanna Chalo protest in which thousands of BJP workers from Kolkata and Howrah began marching towards Nabanna to protest against the “worsening” law and order in the state. Tejasvi Surya, the new BJP youth wing chief also took part in the protest.
Police officers resorted to lathi-charge, causing injuries to BJP state vice-president Raju Banerjee.
The ruling government of the state, Trinamool Congress has already denied permission to the program citing the Pandemic Act.
Also, the state government has announced that the Nabanna, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s office is also located, is shut for two days which, according to BJP, reflects the fear of CM.
“Didi has shut down Nabanna tomorrow, which is fine Nabanna will shut down anyway within a few months," said Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh
Bengal BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya in his scathing attack over Mamata Banerjee and his party, when asked about the risk associated with organizing a protest amid a pandemic, said,
“Are rules only for us? Mamata Ji holds demonstrations with thousands and we're being taught lessons of social distancing. Do same rules not apply to her?" pointing to Mamata Banerjee's recent rally against the farm bills.
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