Targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over attack on its workers allegedly by TMC supporters, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday alleged that the CM has unleased "terror" as "huge" rally of party president Amit Shah in the state left her "very worried".
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed the state's ruling Trinamool Congress had targeted vehicles carrying BJP workers after Shah's rally.
The TMC on the other hand claimed that BJP workers had attacked a local TMC party office in Kanthi and vandalised it. Irked TMC supporters had then retaliated and clashes broke out, they said.
Sources in the two parties said three persons were injured in the clashes that broke out following Shah's rally at Kanthi in East Midnapore district . No confirmation was available from the police.
"A very worried Mamata Banerjee has unleashed terror on BJP workers and ordinary people. It is clear that she has lost the mandate," Patra claimed at a press conference, alleging that "Talibani forces" are at work in the state at the TMC's behest.
Attacking the chief minister, he said she recently held a joint opposition rally in the state for "saving" democracy and questioned "if this is what democracy was all about for her".
"Democracy is being murdered in West Bengal. I want to ask parties which attended her rally as to what is their stand on violence against BJP workers," Patra said.
Rajnath calls up Mamata over violence in Amit Shah's rally
Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday called up West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and expressed serious concern over reports of violence against people who participated in BJP President Amit Shah's rally of in the state, officials said.
During the telephonic conversation with Banerjee, Singh asked her to take action against those who indulged in the violence.
The home minister called up the chief minister to express serious concern over the reports of large-scale violence and arson against people who participated in the rally of the BJP president in East Midnapore district, a home ministry official said.
Vehicles ferrying BJP workers were set on fire in clashes that broke out following Shah's rally, party sources said.
The sources said three persons were injured in the clashes. No confirmation was available from police.
The BJP alleged that buses in which party workers were returning from Shah's rally were ransacked and set on fire allegedly by TMC activists.
The Trinamool Congress on the other hand claimed that BJP workers had attacked a local TMC party office in Kanthi and vandalised it.
(With inputs from PTI)