West Bengal state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit will tomorrow hold a rally from its HQ to Rani Rashmoni Road in Kolkata. BJP delegation will move to Raj Bhawan demanding President rule in the state amid communal tensions in the state, ANI reported. Police have detained prominent politicians today morning preventing them from visiting violence-hit Basirhat that has been rocked by communal violence over a controversial Facebook post, according to Hindustan Times. BJP leaders Roopa Ganguly and Locket Chatterjee were arrested near the Kolkata airport when they tried to proceed to Basirhat, around 12 kilometres from the Bangladesh border where violence by Muslim mobs and retaliatory attacks over four days, the report further stated.
Leaders from Left and Congress were also stopped today from going to the tension gripped area, officials said to PTI. “The situation is still tense. We have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems,” a senior district official said, PTI reported. “We have been stopped near Ashoknagar area on the grounds that if we go to those areas it might create law and order problem. But we are not going there for any political programme. We are going there to meet the people who have suffered due to riots,” Left Front legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty was quoted as saying by PTI.
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Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today termed as “unfortunate” the communal violence the district and also requested the state government to take effective steps to protect all the people — “whether they are minority or majority,” according to PTI
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had accused Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi of threatening her and said that he was acting like a BJP block president. “He (Governor) threatened me over the phone. The way he spoke taking the side of BJP, I felt insulted. I have told him that he cannot talk like this,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat. “He (the governor) is behaving like a block president of BJP. He should understand that he has been nominated to the post,” she said, according to PTI.