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CPI(M) holds protest against statue of Vidyasagar vandalised in violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow

Kolkata | The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today held a protest against the statue of 19th century Bengali reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar being vandalised in the violence during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata.

Calling it a systematic attack on Bengal, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Twitter wrote, “Not about just a statue, but a systematic attack on Bengal. One of the biggest symbols of the Bengal renaissance is what BJP-RSS have attacked. These obscurantists have always opposed Vidyasagar’s ideas. But Bengal will not succumb.”

A statue of Bengali writer and 19th-century philosopher Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar near Vidyasagar College was vandalised on Tuesday when the TMC and BJP workers scuffle took a violent turn during BJP Chief Amit Shah’s rally yesterday, with both the parties pinning the blame on each other.

The incident took place as Amit Shah’s convoy was passing by Calcutta University. BJP responded by throwing stones and sticks towards the university gates. TMC student union leaders started shouting “Chowkidaar Chor Hai”, and the BJP shouted “Jai Shri Ram”, in reference to Amit Shah’s challenge to Banerjee. BJP activists locked the gates of the hostel and set cycles and motorcycles parked outside on a fire.

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