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CPM says vandalisation of Vidyasagar's bust 'despicable', demands EC probe

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The Communist Party of (Marxist) on Wednesday strongly condemned the vandalisation of the bust of 19th-century social reformer Chandra and demanded the to launch an investigation into the violent clashes during Amit Shah's roadshow.

"During Amit Shah's roadshow, a statue of Chandra was vandalised. We condemn this despicable act. was an icon of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a in modernising our society and gave a thrust to our freedom. This is a serious matter," CPM told reporters here.

Describing the incident as a "serious matter", Yechury said CCTV footage should be examined by the EC, adding that the poll body should take "appropriate punitive action" against perpetrators.

"EC should take cognisance of this serious matter. The CCTV footage should be investigated. If the police were not doing its job properly, they should be probed and action should be taken against them," he said.

On Tuesday, clashes broke out after miscreants threw sticks at Shah's convoy.

The incident took place on when TMC supporters allegedly began sloganeering. Furious supporters responded by pelting stones and sticks at the gates, resulting in chaos and mayhem.

During the clashes, Vidyasagar's bust was vandalised by workers at

While BJP accused the of "murdering democracy", the TMC claimed that the saffron party instigated the violence.

Slamming Banerjee's recent comment that voting for CPM meant voting for BJP, Yechury asserted that the Left Front is "very much in the electoral fray" and "surprising results" would come from on May 23.

"I am surprised by the ridiculous statement made by the Both BJP and TMC are running a deliberate campaign saying that it is a fight between TMC and BJP only. Left Front is very much in the fray and is contesting on all seats in Bengal. There will be surprising results in Bengal. This is not polarisation between TMC and BJP," the said.

Alleging that free and fair polls were not being held in the state, Yechury said voters were not being allowed to exercise their franchise due to booth capturing.

"In the last few phases, there has been a huge disturbance where many booths have been captured. Voters are not being allowed to vote. We brought this matter up to the EC. But unfortunately, nothing has been done," he added.

The BJP has urged the EC to from campaigning ahead of the last and final phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, alleging a breakdown of in

Voting for nine seats in the state will be held in the seventh and final phase of the on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 17:45 IST