IMPHAL, May 16 (Newmai): Leaders and workers of the BJP in Manipur on Wednesday staged a sit-in-protest against the violence that broke out during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata in West Bengal on Tuesday.
The incident took place as Amit Shah’s convoy was passing by Calcutta University. The violence allegedly began after sticks were hurled at Shah’s truck. The BJP blamed workers and supporters of Trinamool Congress behind the violent incident.
The sit-in-protest was staged in front of the BJP Manipur Pradesh office at Nitaipai Chuthek near Raj Bhavan in Imphal under the banner ‘Sit-in-protest against the violation of democratic process by TMC goons’.
Taking part in the protest, Manipur Works minister Th Bishwajit informed the media that the protest was staged as part of a nationwide protest against the violent incident. The dharna was also staged in front of the BJP central office at New Delhi, he said.
“We staged the dharna supporting and encouraging the people of Bengal who are struggling for upholding the principles of democracy,” Th Bishwajit said.
According to him, ‘election, the finest face of democracy, turned ugly in West Bengal where workers and supporters of TMC indulged in rampant violence threatening the democratic practice in that state’. The Manipur minister also alleged that violence or attacking BJP workers in that state were instigated by Trinamool Congress and demanded that such violent activities “indulged by Trinamool Congress and its allies must be stopped immediately”. Bishwajit also said that the nation is governed by democracy. “All parties should be allowed to hold their election campaigns in their own ways. The TMC government in West Bengal must uphold the democratic rights of the people”, he added.
General secretary of BJP Manipur Pradesh, N Nimbus alleged that the act of “TMC’s attempt to foil the BJP’s Tuesday’s roadshow in Kolkata, participated by over three lakh people, was nothing but desecrating the democracy”. He also claimed that the BJP had never interfered or disturbed election campaigns of other parties in any part of the country.