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Bengal will reject BJP's poisonous project, says CPI(M) after TMC-BJP clash

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue in a college in Kolkata was desecrated on Tuesday allegedly by BJP-RSS supporters after a clash with TMC supporters during a massive rally of Amit Shah.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sitaram Yechury
Sitaram Yechury

Condemning the desecration of polymath Chandra Vidyasagar's statue in a college in Kolkata, the CPI(M) on Tuesday alleged "attacking knowledge" was central to the BJP's "poisonous project".

"BJP-RSS think nothing of when they vandalise the historic College, break statue. This is their advocacy of India's civilisational heritage? Attacking knowledge is central to getting their poisonous project going.

"Bengal will reject the destruction they offer," tweeted CPI(M)

BJP and supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Amit Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police.

Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged supporters from inside the hostel of College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties, officials said.

Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their rivals outside the college entrance.

Several motorcycles parked outside were vandalised and set ablaze. Shards of broken glass littered the lobby of the college where a bust of Chandra Vidyasagar, a noted philosopher and a key figure of Bengal Renaissance, was smashed to pieces.

First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 22:51 IST