New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Swapan Dasgupta was hurt amid a massive crackdown on the saffron party’s mega-protest in West Bengal against Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government.
As police launched a comprehensive crackdown on the “Nabanna Chalo” march, images showed a worn-out Dasgupta resting on a bench with the left side of his body smeared in muck.
“They fired shells and lathi-charged protestors. I got pushed by a policeman. A peaceful demonstration was attacked in this fashion. They also attacked BJP workers in Howrah and Santragachi. This was a march against corruption. This was a march against those looting the exchequer. The initial attack was by police. It looked like a pattern the way police attacked,” he told media.
Slamming the TMC government, the former Rajya Sabha MP said that West Bengal is falling behind in everything. “Whole country should know the true face of this Bengal government. Stashes of cash were found from their associates. People can form their own conclusions. This is becoming an illegitimate government.”
Bengal police have used water cannons, roadblocks, detentions, and lathi charges to put an end to the saffron party’s protest against alleged corruption in the TMC government.
Several BJP employees have been hurt in the chaos. Suvendu Adhikari, the leader of the opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, is among the Saffron party members who have been taken into custody. In addition to being kidnapped and taken away in a jail van were BJP MP Locket Chatterjee, party leader Rahul Sinha, and Sukanta Majumdar.
On Tuesday morning, BJP supporters from West Bengal began to arrive in Kolkata and the nearby city of Howrah to take part in the saffron party’s “Nabanna Abhijan” (march to secretariat) to protest the allegedly corrupt actions of TMC.