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Central forces colluding with BJP: TMC hits back over Kolkata violence

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After accused of perpetrating violence in Kolkata, has hit back by accusing the central forces of acting in collaboration with the

Earlier in the day, had said that he escaped safely after clashes erupted at his Kolkata roadshow on Tuesday only because CRPF was deployed in the area.

"The central forces are working in cahoots with the BJP in West Bengal," claimed. Addressing a press conference, he showed pictures of is seen with personnel of the central force to corroborate his accusation. "They were walking together and saying 'vote for BJP'," Derek alleged.

The two parties also sparred over vandalisation of Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar's statue on during the BJP rally. and his party said BJP workers were behind the incident, a claim refuted by at his

"There were slogans being raised, 'Vidyasagar Shesh, Where is the Josh?' (Vidyasagar finished, where is the pride?)," said the lawmaker.

Contradicting BJP's claims about not having keys of Vidyasagar College, Derek termed it a "childish argument". "They climbed the walls and the gates to engage in vandalism," he said.

"The streets of Kolkata are filled with sadness today. BJP does what he does, with his hired goons from outside of Bengal. He tried to justify what happened yesterday, has discovered the Bengali alphabet and wrote 'Barna-Parichaya'. is the of the 'Bengal Renaissance'," the TMC hailed the reformist.

On being asked about the widespread violence in the election process in West Bengal, cited the example of "There was re-polling at 6 booths in West Bengal, as compared to 170 in where BJP is in power."

Thirty-three seats have voted in West Bengal in the first six phases, remaining 9 will go to polls on May 19 in the last round. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 16:40 IST
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