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Violence in Kolkata During BJP Rally

Devanshi Doshi

 Stones were hurled at a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) roadshow in Kolkata this evening, hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's rally at Nandigram where she pitched herself against party turncoat Suvendu Adhikari in the coming state elections. Bottles were heard from rooftops and reports said some people carrying Trinamool Congress flags also were heard shouting "go back" slogans. A huge police force has been deployed near south Kolkata's Mudiali area -- located near the home of the Chief Minister -- to maintain calm. The BJP, confident after its performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls where it won 18 of the state's 42 seats, was holding a ''Paribartan Yatras'' today, reported NDTV. 

Earlier today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will contest the upcoming Assembly polls from Nandigram. Former TMC leader Suvendhu Adikari, who switched to BJP last year, had won from Nandigram in 2016. “I will fight from Nandigram. My soul said to me, Nandigram is your lucky place, your holy place. So, you should fight from Nandigram,” Mamata said at a rally in Nandigram. Hours later, Adikari said he was ready to accept the challenge, and would defeat the CM or quit politics, PTI reported. “If I am fielded by my party from Nandigram, I will defeat her by a margin of at least 50,000 votes or I will quit politics,” he stated.

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