On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of the violence taking place in Kolkata.
“There was no violence, it was the BJP and the CPM, who started the violence. See how they have beaten the police including women, burnt government properties,” said Banerjee during a press conference referring to the footages of violence.
Vandalism at its worst by BJP supporters ! Happily damaging Govt property! pic.twitter.com/9xcgidYwbk
— Kolkata Police (@KolkataPolice) May 25, 2017
She added that one of the protestors burnt government property and stated that the protestors didn’t even have any reasons to protest. “They didn’t even spare women police, what kind of politics is this? What kind of political movement is this and for what?” she asked.
Earlier in the day, BJP workers in Kolkata hit the streets to protest against the worsening law and order in the West Bengal. The demonstration turned violent as several BJP leaders clashed with the police near the Lalbazar area. Notably, the BJP workers were demanding the arrest of “corrupt” TMC leaders which instigated the force to use tear gas shells, water cannons, and batons to disperse them.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and West Bengal BJP state president Dilip Ghosh were also taken into custody.