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Violence in West Bengal over vandalising of iconic statue

May 16, 2019

Narendra Modi led BJP and Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress has come out to accuse each other of vandalising the iconic statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. The statue which was built in the 19th century of reformer Vidyasagar was located at Kolkata and was an iconic landmark of the city. This was shortly after the visit of BJP leader Amit Shah to Kolkata on Tuesday. Both the political parties accused each other of vandalising the statue.

The incident that happened, shortly after the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, has infuriated people from across the state. The BP has complained to the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the matter. They have requested ECI to bar Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for the last phase of elections.

We demand the Election Commission of India to bar the Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. @MamataOfficial from campaigning in the last phase of the elections : Smt @nsitharaman-Nirmala Sitharaman Office, Defence Minister of India

Violence broke out at many parts of West Bengal on Wednesday. But no serious attacks were reported. Mamata Banerjee said that her government will give a befitting reply to what has been a huge shame to democracy.

"#Vidyasagar's bust was kept in a glass chamber inside a room (as reported by Telegraph) in the college campus but Mamata Banerjee inspected the broken statue, which was neatly placed for her and media outside. Question is why did she not go to the site? #SaveBengalSaveDemocracy, tweeted Chowkidar Amit Malviya, BJP's National Information & Technology Head.

"What anti Modi'Sm couldn't achieve , can the vandalism of #Vidyasagar statue achieve that? Bring in all anti BJP parties together. Big day in store. @BJP4India big guns move to Bengal, how will @MamataOfficial respond to it today?, tweeted Journalist Bhupendra Chaubey.

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