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Democracy is being murdered in West Bengal: Devendra Fadnavis on clashes during Amit Shah rally 

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 15, 2019, 09.40 AM (IST)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday accused the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee killing democracy in her state as she is scared of defeat.

"Democracy is being murdered in West Bengal. The way in which Amit Shah`s roadshow was attacked and police`s behaviour afterwards, seeing all this I believe that Mamata is scared of her defeat and is killing democracy and doesn`t even want to let anyone campaign in the state," he reportedly told news agency ANI about the clashes during BJP president Amit Shah`s roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday.  

Fadnavis also appealed to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take necessary action in order to ensure free and fair election in the state. 

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"I appeal the Election Commission to ensure free and fair polls in the state. Our leaders are not being allowed to campaign, our party workers are being murdered, what kind of democracy is this," he said. 

Yesterday, BJP president Amit Shah too condemned the violence at his roadshow and accused "TMC goons of resorting to violence due to frustration".

Clashes reportedly broke out after some miscreants started throwing sticks at his convoy.

The incident took place on College Street in Kolkata when some TMC supporters allegedly started raising slogans against the BJP and the saffron party supporters responded by pelting stones and sticks at the Calcutta University gates, resulting in chaos and mayhem.

Visuals from the scene showed a fire outside the university gates.

Security forces later got down to control the situation. A statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was also vandalised at Vidyasagar College during the clashes. 

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Fadnavis also appealed to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take necessary action in order to ensure free and fair election in the state.