Mamata Banerjee conducts protest march against vandalism


KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday conducted a protest march against the vandalism during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in the city on Tuesday.


Banerjee walked for about 6 km from the Gandhi Bhavan in Beleghata to Shyambazar five-point crossing in north Kolkata area in the northern part of the city.

TMC supporters shouted slogans against Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kolkata witnessed wide-spread violence during BJP president Amit Shah's massive roadshow on Tuesday.

A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised during the violence.

Carrying posters and replicas of Vidyasagar's bust, TMC cadres demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the vandalism.

On Wednesday, Banerjee and several top TMC leaders had changed profile pictures of their Facebook and Twitter profiles with photo of Vidyasagar to protest the desecration of the bust of the great social reformer.

Trinamool Congress's official profile on Twitter and Facebook was also changed with an image of Vidyasagar.

However, BJP president Amit Shah had accused West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in violence in the state.

On Wednesday, while addressing a press conference in New Delhi Shah had said West Bengal has witnessed violence in all the six phases of Lok Sabha polls.

"The BJP is contesting polls in all states. There has been no violence. But there has been violence in West Bengal as TMC is contesting elections," he had said.

He also said he would not have escaped unhurt without CRPF protection when his convoy was allegedly attacked in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

Result of the seven-phase general elections will be declared on May 23.


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