Bengal: BJP workers clash with police for stopping them from taking out a rally

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Kolkata, Nov 8 (PTI) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, who were trying to take out a rally demanding reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, clashed with the police here on Monday.

Several workers and leaders of the saffron party were taken into custody during the clash, a police official said.

The BJP on Sunday said it would take to the streets to protest if the state government does not reduce VAT on petrol and diesel, in line with the Centre’s move to cut excise duty on fuel.

The march was to be held from the state BJP headquarters at Central Avenue to the metro station in Esplande.

Since morning, the police had put up barricades outside the BJP office to prevent party workers from holding a rally.

The workers of the saffron party were about to start the march when the police stopped them from proceeding, resulting in a clash between the two sides.

State BJP chief Sukant Majumdar said, “Whenever the BJP decided to take out the rally, Kovid rules were cited. However, a few days ago when the Trinamool Congress took out a similar rally against the Center over fuel prices, the rules of Kovid did not appear to be applicable. It seems that Trinamool Congress is scared of BJP and that is why it is trying to stop us from taking out the rally.

Supporting his views, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shubhendu Adhikari said the party would take out the rally at any cost.

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