BJP, ABVP take out rally in favour of bandh, TMC to oppose it tooth and nail

25 Sep 2018

The ABVP today  took out a rally in Kolkata in support of the proposed bandh tomorrow called by BJP, burning effigies of  Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and demanding  immediate resignation of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee over the killing of two students in Islampur last week.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh organised a protest march in central Kolkata against the killing of two youths and demanded resignation of Chatterjee.
As soon as the rally reached Dharmatala crossing, ABVP activists burnt effigy of chief minister and shouted slogans against the state government and the police.
The police tried to pacify the crowd but the ABVP activists remained adamant and squatted on the road leading to traffic snarls in the heart of the city.. The police first tried to pacify the students but later as they refused to vacate the road, the police unleashed a lathi charge. The youths who included several women, along with pedestrians had to run helter skelter to escape the fury of policemen.
"The state government for the sake of its appeasement politics had allowed the killing of two youths. The state government has to answer the question or else the Education minister should resign," ABVP state president Subir Haldar said.
ABVP national general secretary Ashis Chouhan demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of two students at Darivit High School at Islampur in North Dinajur district on September 20 to bring out the truth.
"The state government has taken the 12 hour strike call by BJP as a challenge. Our request is instead of taking that as a challenge why doesn't the state government keep aside its politics of appeasement. This is a matter of shame that the students of this state are unable to study in their mother tongue Bengali," Chouhan said.
Two youths have been killed and the culprits are roaming freely as the TMC government doesn't want to "disturb its vote bank politics", he said.
The BJP has called for a 12-hour shutdown in West Bengal on September 26 over the death of two students during violence which broke out at Darivit High School on September 20.
Meanwhile at Hematabad in North Dinajpur BJP state president Dilip Ghosh condemned the incident of lathi charge on students and said that the police officers who had allegedly unleashed a reign of terror on students were actually acting as TMC workers and not as guardians of law. ``We will remember those police officers who are perpetrating this sort of violent acts would not be spared when a change of government took place in Kolkata,'' Ghosh said.
On the other hand   the Trinamool Congress too today took out rallies across the state opposing the bandh.
"The BJP is trying to foment trouble in the state. The state government will take all the steps to ensure that normal life is not disturbed. The police will take stern action if anyone tries to enforce the strike," TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.
State-run buses will be on the road, he said urging commercial establishments and private educational institutes to function normally Wednesday.
The opposition Congress and the CPI(M) have opposed the killing of two youths in Islampur but did not support the strike call accusing both the TMC and the BJP of trying to create communal polarisation in the state over the incident.