Siuri: A number of clashes were reported between workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, some while candidates were filing nomination papers for the upcoming panchayat elections in the state.
Clashes are reported in Siuri, where workers from both sides resorted to stone pelting. Several people were injured.
In Bankura, BJP State Secretary Shyamapada Mondal was attacked allegedly by members of the Trinamool Congress. In Birbhum, a police officer was injured while trying to control the clashes between workers of the two parties, and in Jalpaiguri, more than 25 people were injured in similar clashes between Trinamool Congress and BJP workers while candidates were filing their nomination papers.
The BJP also organised a sit-in protest in Kolkata, accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of turning the “panchayat elections into a farce in the state”. Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy reiterated the party’s claim that the Trinamool Congress was not allowing candidates of other parties to file their nominations, PTI reported.
Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee called the allegations as baseless and accused the BJP of “trying to disturb the peace and stability of the state by flaring up communal violence”. He also claimed that the saffron party was “bringing in outsiders to create trouble during the panchayat polls”.