Kolkata | Jagran News Desk: The political violence in West Bengal intensified on Wednesday after the BJP workers, protesting against the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state, clashed with the police during a massive rally organised by the party. 

As the BJP activists jostled to reach the Bowbazar crossing in the city, police resorted to firing tear gas shells and water cannons to disperse them. In retaliation, the saffron party workers raised slogans and hurled stones and bottles at the officers. 

Some of the party workers were seen holding a sit-in demonstration in the area in protest.

The saffron party workers, along with 18 newly elected MPs in the state, including BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, were marching towards the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar from the Wellington area of the city.

Bengal's BJP minder Kailash Vijayvargiya and senior party leader Mukul Roy also joined the march.

On Sunday, the BJP had observed a 'Black Day' in the state and held a bandh in Basirhat sub-division of the district in protest against the death of two of its supporters. A TMC worker was also killed in the incident.

Post-poll violence has been reported from various places of West Bengal after the BJP secured 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, just four less than that of the TMC.

Clashes between the ruling TMC and the BJP took place in several districts, including North 24 Parganas, Coochbehar, Howrah and West Burdwan, resulting in many deaths and injuries. The saffron party leaders are claiming that they would dethrone the TMC in the legislative assembly election in 2021.

Amid spiralling violence in the state, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Amit Shah in the national capital and apprised them of the situation in the state.

Asked about the possibility of imposition of President's rule in West Bengal, he had said there was no such discussion during his meetings.

The Centre had on Sunday expressed "deep concern" over continuing violence in West Bengal, saying the "unabated violence" even after the Lok Sabha polls appeared to be a failure on part of the state government.

In an advisory to the state government, the Ministry of Home Affairs also asked it to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility.

Unhappy with the advisory, Banerjee stepped up attack on the Centre, saying the violence was a "planted game.... The central government and (BJP) party cadre are trying to incite violence in West Bengal."

The Trinamool Congress also wrote a letter to Shah objecting to the advisory and termed it a "deep-rooted conspiracy" and an "evil ploy to grab power" in opposition-ruled states.

The BJP has, however, said it would not demand President's Rule in West Bengal even though "a lawless situation prevails" in the state as Banerjee would then seek sympathy votes, and vowed to "defy" her ban on its political programmes, including victory processions.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta