TMCP Protests Against Vidyasagar Statue Vandalism

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Kolkata: Following the chaos and statue vandalism of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Tuesday, Trinamool Congress student wing staged protest the vandalisation in a clash during the roadshow of Amit Shah.

This comes a day after a bust of the 19th-century social reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, was vandalised by the BJP workers at Vidyasagar College during the clashes at College Street.

Clashes reportedly broke out after some miscreants started throwing sticks at the convoy in which the BJP president Amit Shah was travelling in.

The incident took place on College Street here when allegedly some TMC supporters began sloganeering and the furious BJP supporters responded by pelting stones and sticks at the University gates, resulting in chaos and mayhem.

As the Lok Sabha battle in West Bengal reaches the home stretch, Bengal Renaissance figure Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar has now become a poll issue following the vandalism of his statue during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow here.

The desecration of the polymath’s bust has caused severe resentment among a huge section of the Bengal society, where he is revered for his contribution to women’s education, widow remarriage and various other social and educational reforms.

With nine remaining constituencies in Bengal set to go to polls in the seventh and final phase on Sunday, all major parties are going all out to make capital out of the incident that occurred during clash between activists of the ruling party’s student wing, the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad and the Bharatiya Janata Party.