BJP urges EC to bar Mamata from campaigning

Police personnel look on near vehicles burnt by a mob during BJP President Amit Shah's election roadshow for the last phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Kolkata, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday accused West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee of instigating violence and urged the Election Commission to bar her from campaigning.

Soon after a violent clash marred a 'roadshow' by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in Kolkata, a delegation of senior leaders of the party went to the EC headquarters in New Delhi and met the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, led the delegation.

“We demand that the EC must ensure that the disturbing elements and the history-sheeters are arrested immediately,” Naqvi told journalists after meeting the EC.

He said that the BJP had also asked the EC to ensure that central paramilitary forces conduct flag marches and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is barred from campaigning for instigating her supporters to trigger violence.

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