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BJP banners removed ahead of Shah's Kolkata roadshow

IANS  |  Kolkata 

A controversy erupted hours before Amit Shah's rally here on Tuesday after banners and flexes of the saffron party leaders including that of were removed from the roadside.

Shah is scheduled to hold a roadshow from central Kolkata's to Swami Vivekananda's residence in north Kolkata's Maniktala on Tuesday afternoon.

Just two hours before the roadshow, a large number of cut outs and flexes of Shah, Modi and north Kolkata's (BJP) candidate Rahul Sinha, were removed from a long stretch of

BJP leaders accused the of "resorting to hooliganism" to impede Shah's rally and alleged that the state's ruling Congress activists were deliberately damaging the posters and cut outs while removing them.

"The has given us permission to hold the roadshow. How is it possible that party banners and flags are not allowed on the road? Bengal government's hooliganism is going on here. We will talk to the EC about this," said.

Police claimed the drive was taken up under the direct instruction of the Election Commission, as the flexes were put up on state government properties without permission.

The BJP leaders and activists on the spot, however, claimed that Congress activists were removing flexes in presence of police.

"If EC has asked them to do so, the personnel of the electoral body should be present on the spot. But these people are activists. They are deliberately damaging the cut outs and flexes and throwing them on the roadside to damage them," a alleged.

When contacted, the refused to comment saying they have "no specific update" on the issue.

"We do not have any specific update at this point. Please get in touch with us after 5.30 p.m.," (CEO) told IANS.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 15:44 IST