Governor Tripathi Calls All-Party Meet To Resolve Differences

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Kolkata: After violent clashes between BJP workers and the Kolkata Police were seen on the streets of Kolkata, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi has called for an all-party meeting at Raj Bhawan on Thursday at 4 pm.

All major political parties which have representation in the West Bengal assembly including the CPM, Congress, TMC and the BJP have been sent invites.

Governor KN Tripathi decided to call for an all-party meeting after the continuation of violence in the West Bengal even after the conclusion of the general elections.

According to sources, KN Tripathi, in his capacity as a governor, wants to get all political parties in West Bengal together on a common platform to discuss and sort out all their differences so that law and order situation in the state can be restored.

Partho Chatterjee from the TMC, Dilip Ghosh from the BJ, SK Mishra from the CPM and SN Mitra from the Congress will attend the meeting.

On Wednesday, clashes broke out between BJP workers and police personnel in Kolkata during a massive rally organised by the party in protest against post-poll violence and alleged attack on its workers and supporters.

As the BJP activists jostled to reach the Bowbazar crossing in the city, police resorted to firing tear gas shells and water cannons to disperse them.

In retaliation, the saffron party workers raised slogans and hurled stones and bottles at the officers. Some of the party workers were seen holding a sit-in demonstration in the area in protest.

The saffron party workers, along with 18 newly elected MPs in the state, including BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, were marching towards the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar from the Wellington area of the city.

Bengal’s BJP minder Kailash Vijayvargiya and senior party leader Mukul Roy alsojoined the march.

Post-poll violence has been reported from various places of West Bengal after the BJP secured 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, just four less than that of the TMC.

Mukul Roy on Tuesday blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the clashes in North 24 Parganas’ Sandeshkhali on Saturday that claimed three lives and demanded an investigation into the violence by anti-terror probe agency NIA.

Mamata Banerjee had earlier accused the BJP of “spreading false information as part of a game plan to topple her government”.