Several BJP politicians in Bengal, including opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari, were held by police as they marched to the state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ in Kolkata as part of a massive demonstration against the alleged corruption of the incumbent Trinamool Congress administration.
As they neared the Second Hooghly Bridge near the secretariat, the police stopped Suvendu Adhikari, BJP MP Locket Chatterjee, and other party officials, including Rahul Sinha. They were then brought away in a jail van.
A large contingent of BJP supporters from all across West Bengal gathered this morning in Kolkata and the nearby city of Howrah to participate in the “Nabanna Abhijan,” or march to the secretariat.
While BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh is anticipated to lead the protest from north Kolkata, Mr. Adhikari was leading the march from the city’s Santragachi neighborhood.
The TMC government is afraid of a popular revolt, Mr. Ghosh had stated earlier today. “Even if they attempt to halt our protest march, we will resist calmly. The state administration will be liable for any unfavorable outcome.”
To minimize any disturbance to commuters, police have placed barriers along numerous important major thoroughfares and enforced traffic restrictions.