Mamata Banerjee’s goons removed posters and flags ahead of Amit Shah Kolkata rally, claims BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday alleged that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers and Kolkata police removed the posters and flexes of the party, including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours before Amit Shah’s rally in the city.

The BJP has said that the TMC workers removed the posters and flags of the saffron party from a stretch Amit Shah’s cavalcade was supposed to pass.
Amit Shah is scheduled to hold a roadshow from central Kolkata’s Shahid Minar to Swami Vivekananda’s residence in north Kolkata’s Maniktala on Tuesday afternoon.

Just two hours before the roadshow, a large number of cutouts and flexes of Shah, Modi and north Kolkata’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Rahul Sinha, were removed from a long stretch of Lenin Sarani.

BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said, “Mamata ji’s goons and police removed all the posters and flags.” He also said that the TMC workers escaped as soon as the BJP workers reached there. Kailash Vijayvargiya claimed that there was a rule of anarchy in the state.

The BJP staged a protest against the West Bengal chief minister’s “high-handedness” and chanted anti-Mamata Banerjee slogans. It also alleged that the Election Commission has been favouring TMC.

“The Election Commission has given us permission to hold the roadshow. How is it possible that party banners and flags are not allowed on the road? Bengal government’s hooliganism is going on here. We will talk to the EC about this,” BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said.

Police have, however, claimed that the posters and flexes of the BJP were removed ahead of Amit Shah’s rally under the direct instruction of the Election Commission as “they were placed on the state government properties without permission”.

The BJP, however, claimed that the TMC workers were removing the posters and banners in the presence of police.

“If EC has asked them to do so, the personnel of the electoral body should be present on the spot. But these people are Trinamool activists. They are deliberately damaging the cutouts and flexes and throwing them on the roadside to damage them,” a BJP leader alleged.

Updated: May 14, 2019 — 4:54 pm