‘Chemical’ water cannons used on workers, claims BJP; Bengal govt denies charge | India News

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday lashed out at the West Bengal government over clashes between saffron party workers and police during protests in Kolkata and Howrah asserting that Mamata Banerjee’s “days in power are numbered”.
BJP president J P Nadda in a tweet said the party’s struggle to save the rich glory of Bengal will continue.

Alleging misuse of power, Nadda said that “Mamata Banerjee’s karyakartas and the government machinery led by her unleashed brute force upon BJP karyakartas in an attempt to prevent them from holding protests against her tyrannical & bloodied misrule in West Bengal.”

“We stand with the people of Bengal despite the brazen misuse of state power by Mamata didi. Our brave BJP Yuva Morcha ‘karyakartas’ compelled her to close the Secretariat. This is an admission that she has lost public confidence,” Nadda said.

Meanwhile, West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay denied the charges and said that the BJP’s march to the state secretariat Nabanna was carried out without permission.
“The applicant last evening had mentioned several rallies & said, each rally will have around 25,000 youth. If each rally had to be allowed then that would have been a travesty as per the lockdown norms,” he said.
Refuting allegations of spraying ‘chemical-laced’ water on BJP workers during the march, Bandopadhyay said “no chemical was used in cannon water, it is wrong information. The intent globally to use coloured water is to identify a person post dispersal for further necessary action as per the law if required.”
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad condemned the “barbaric treatment” of his party workers by the state police.
“There is no democracy in West Bengal. Those who protest against the government are implicated in cases or harassed by police or murdered,” senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Clashes erupted between BJP workers and the West Bengal police at several places in the state during the saffron party’s ‘Nabanna chalo’ protest.
Police personnel in riot gear burst teargas shells, beat up agitators and used water cannons to break up the protests which are still raging in Kolkata and Howrah.

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