Attack on Shah’s rally: Karnataka BJP activists hold protest

K Laxman

Hyderabad: A day after BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkatta witnessed violence, party activists in Telangana held protests.

K Laxman, BJP president in Telangana, slammed West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for the alleged attack and said democracy was facing threat in her rule.

Amit Shah’s roadshow witnessed BJP and TMC workers pitched against each other on the streets. Shah escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the show and was escorted to safety by police. Violence erupted in parts of the city as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College. This led to clash between supporters of the two parties. Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their TMC rivals outside the college entrance.

Speaking to reporters, Laxman said, “Because of the high-handedness, aggressiveness under TMC, doubts are raised whether democracy is there in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is doing politics by believing in violence, for the sake of power.”

He claimed that whenever Amit Shah visited the State, problems were created. Political rivals of TMC are not allowed to campaign freely in the state, alleged Laxman.  T

He further said TMC was unable to accept the growth of BJP in Kolkata and the CM indulged in personal criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the protest, BJP workers raised slogans like ‘Save Democracy’ near a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Secunderabad here.

NT Bureau