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TMC workers take to streets in Bengal, Delhi and Odisha

From Kolkata to New Delhi to Bhubaneshwar, TMC MPs, leaders and workers held protests against arrest of their MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay as alleged workers of West Bengal’s ruling party attacked BJP offices, hurling bombs and setting them on fire.

Furious over the arrest of Bandyopadhyay, TMC leader in the Lok Sabha and a close Mamata Banerjee aide, party workers also demonstrated in front of CBI offices in Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar, where the MP was taken for production in a court after his arrest.

TMC MPs attempted a protest march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in the national capital but were detained mid way.

Back home, there was a statewide protest unleashed by the TMC against the arrest of Bandopadhyay. TMC workers put up a demonstration outside the residence of BJP leader and minister Babul Supriyo on Kailash Ghosh Street in north Kolkata. Under the state TMC leadership’s instruction, there were protest programme at all the wards. Protesters led by MLA Paresh Pal had put up a Rail blockade at Kankurgachi. TMC workers also took out a protest procession at noth Kolkata’s Girish Park area. Among other parts of the state, at Buxirhat and Bhanukumari areas of Coochbehar BJP offices were vandalised. Huge number of police personnel were pressed in to bring the situation under control. At North 24 Parganas district’s BT Road near Titagarh Bazar TMC workers put up a protest and burnt effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, BJP National General Secretary and party observer for Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that if the attacks continue, they would not sit idle.

“The TMC is present only in Bengal but we have our governments from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. If we resort to violence as well, will Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be able to move around the country? I have been instructed by the Central leadership to tell our workers who had been injured on Tuesday that the party is with them, and we also want to tell the TMC that if incidents like this don’t stop, we are not going to take these sitting down,” Vijayvargiya said on Wednesday.