The BJP leaders and workers, including the Darjeeling MP Raju Bista today joined the ceremony in Siliguri.
West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar on Wednesday said that the party will start ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ after Durga Puja against the government.
Majumdar also rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim and accused Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers of violence that occurred on Tuesday in Kolkata. “TMC made people infiltrate our campaign and foment violence. Police provoked it too and stopped people at railway stations. We will start ‘jail bharo andolan’ after Durga Puja,” BJP WB chief said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee accused BJP workers in the state of indulging in violence during protests against her government and said action will be taken against those creating nuisance.
“People were harassed and public properties vandalised and destroyed. You can’t have goons and bombs brought in, in the name of protests. Remember, police and fringe elements cannot go together. No anti-social activity will get any cover under the garb of politics, the police will take action if that happens,” Banerjee said.
Banerjee also claimed that BJP had brought workers from other states for the protests. She also defended the police action against the protestors.
“The police officers could have fired in the air but they were very measured in their response. This cannot happen, you cannot book trains and bring people from other states to create a nuisance in Bengal,” she added.
The development came after clashes broke out in several parts of the state as workers left for Kolkata to take part in Nabanna Abhiyan on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kolkata Police detained Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari and MP Locket Chatterjee ahead of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) protest march to state secretariat ‘Nabanna’.
The BJP leaders were detained from Hastings in Kolkata when they were leading the Nabanna Chalo Abhiyan. Adhikari, Chatterjee and BJP leader Rahul Sinha were taken to Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar.
Before the detention, Adhikari said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had lost the support of the people and turned West Bengal into North Korea.
“Chief Minister Mamata does not have the support of her people and so, she is enforcing dictatorship, similar to North Korea in Bengal. Police will have to pay for what it is doing since Monday. BJP is coming,” Adhikari told ANI.
Kolkata Police has put up heavy barricading at Hastings near the state government’s new Secretariat in Kolkata ahead of BJP’s Nabanna Chalo march.
Buses carrying BJP workers, on their way to Kolkata to participate in the Nabanna Chalo march, were stopped by the police in North 24 Parganas. A clash also broke out between BJP workers and Police outside the Raniganj railway station as workers leave for Kolkata to take part in Nabanna Abhiyan on Tuesday. Police took many workers into preventive custody in Raniganj.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court has sought a report from the West Bengal Home Secretary over the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ‘Nabanna Abhijan’ by September 19.