Bhartiya Janta Party urged the Election Commission on Tuesday to bar West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in the state alleging that "constitutional machinery" has collapsed there.
After BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata was canceled, a party delegation, including Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, rushed to the EC asking it to immediately intervene in order to ensure free and fair polls in the state.
Naqvi accused Banerjee of "complicity" in violence allegedly aimed at the BJP. He claimed that Banerjee has been "provoking" her Trinamool Congress workers to attack the party's functionaries.
"She holds a constitutional post but has been using unconstitutional comments, asking her party workers to take revenge and indulge in violence. She is complicit. She should be immediately barred from campaigning," he told reporters after the BJP delegation met the EC.
He then claimed that the "goons" of the TMC have hijacked the state administration and the violence in Shah's roadshow is an example of it.
He said that the credibility of the commission is at stake like the situation in the state to Bihar in 2005 when EC had sent a special representative to take control of the administration there to ensure free and fair polls.
The saffron party also demanded the arrest of the "miscreants" and "history-sheeters" which are present in the constituencies ready to go to polls in the seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19th.
A fight broke on the streets of Kolkata between the BJP and TMC supporters on Tuesday during a massive road show by Shah, who escaped unhurt. However, he was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police.
Certain parts of the city jumped into a welter of violence as Shah’s convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College which then triggered a clash between the supporters of the two parties.
Angry supporters of BJP then retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their TMC rivals outside the college entrance.
Several motorcycles parked outside were vandalized and set ablaze.
Broken glasses had littered the lobby of the college where a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a noted philosopher and a key figure of Bengal Renaissance, was smashed to pieces
Contingents of the Kolkata Police deployed for the roadshow swung into action and were seen chasing away the warring groups