TMC, BJP clash over bike rally

TMC, BJP clash over bike rally

The BJP on Friday suspended their motorbike rally across West Bengal after the Calcutta High Court directed the party's youth wing to stop the rally and resume it from January 15.

Earlier in the day, the party had suspended the rally alleging that several of their workers and activists of its youth wing, Yuva Morcha, were attacked by goons owing allegiance to the ruling Trinamool Congress.

The bike rally was organised by the party across the state to mark National Youth Day, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The Mamata Banerjee government had denied permission to hold the rally citing law and order situation, last Monday. In response, the Yuva Morcha moved the high court, which on Wednesday rejected the state government's objections and allowed the bike rally christened 'Pratirodh Sankalpa Abhiyan' from January 12 to 18.

Clashes broke out between BJYM and TMC supporters near Pathuriaghata Street in north Kolkata on Thursday. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh alleged that several of his party workers were severely injured. The high court-appointed observer, Ravi Shankar Dutta, also sustained minor injuries when agitated supporters damaged his vehicle with iron rods and bamboo sticks.

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