16 Political Events Affected in WB After EC Curtail Campaigning

Meanwhile, the BJP has called for a national protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Wednesday.

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16 Political Events Affected in WB After EC Curtail Campaigning

Eight major political partes had planned at least 16 events in West Bengal for Friday, 17 May, the day when campaigning was to actually end in the state for the May 19 Lok Sabha elections.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission had ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

The Trinamool Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, CPI(M), CPI, Bahujan Samaj Party, All-India Forward Block and the Revolutionary Socialist Front had planned a total of 16 events for Friday, according to available data.

  • An SIT has been set up by Kolkata Police Into Vandalism at Vidyasagar College
  • Meanwhile, PM Modi has said he will rebuild Vidyasagar’s statue
  • The EC has been questioned by the opposition after campaigning was cut short in West Bengal by 24 hours
  • Mamata Banerjee had hit the streets to protest against the violence in BJP President Amit Shah’s rally
  • Violence broke out in Kolkata during Amit Shah’s roadshow as BJP and TMC workers clashed

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4:50 AM, 15 May

'I Am Not an Outsider; Have Come Here to Campaign for BJP': Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah has rebutted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's charge that he is an "outsider" in West Bengal and said he has come to the state to campaign for his party.

Shah wondered if he is called an outsider for coming to West Bengal, "which is very much a part of India", then why not Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be labelled as an "outsider" when she visits New Delhi?

The BJP leader was addressing a meet of intellectuals in the city on Tuesday, 14 May.

"I am president of a national party and I am here to campaign for my party.

"I am being called an outsider for coming to West Bengal. What kind of statement is this? If a person from West Bengal goes to Mumbai or Bengaluru, will he be called an outsider? When Mamata didi goes to Delhi will she be called an outsider?" Shah asked.

Shah's remarks came following Banerjee's repeated allegations about Shah being an "outsider" who comes to the state to "create division" among the people.

4:56 AM, 15 May

Protests by BJP, TMC & Left

The BJP supporters will hold protests at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, while the TMC supporters led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be protesting in Kolkata on Wednesday, 15 May.

Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on BJP President Amit Shah asking if he were a god that no one can protest against him.

Meanwhile, a BJP delegation led by Mukul Roy will meet the governor at 11:30 am on Wednesday.

5:57 AM, 15 May

‘TMC Vandalised Vidyasagar’s Statue to Gain Sympathy’: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday, 15 May alleged that TMC workers vandalised statue of Bengali writer and philosopher Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar to gain sympathy and create unrest in his rally.

“Had CRPF not been there, it would have been really difficult for me to escape. BJP workers were beaten up, TMC can go to any extent. I was lucky to have escaped,” he said.

6:23 AM, 15 May

Mamata, TMC Leaders Make Vidyasagar Their Display Pictures on Social Media

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and several top TMC leaders have changed their Facebook and Twitter display picture (DP) with photo of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Wednesday to protest the desecration of the bust of the noted reformer and key figure of the Bengal Renaissance.

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

Published: 15 May 2019, 10:49 AM IST
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