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Rajnath Singh, Mamata Banerjee Exchange Heated Arguments On Phone Call Over Violence In BJP Rally

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| January 30 , 2019 , 12:56 IST

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had an "angry exchange" of words during a telephonic conversation over violence at a town near Kolkata after a rally by BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday, according to sources.

Sources also said to CNN-News18 that when Rajnath called up Mamata on Tuesday to express disappointment over the reports of arson, "cross trading of charges" ensued between the two.

It is learnt that the telephonic conversation was regarding the reports of large-scale violence and arson against people who participated in the rally of the BJP president in East Midnapore district, a home ministry official said.

Vehicles ferrying BJP workers were set on fire in clashes that broke out following Shah's rally, party sources said. The sources said three persons were injured in the clashes. No confirmation was available from police.

The BJP alleged that buses in which party workers were returning from Shah's rally were ransacked and set on fire allegedly by TMC activists. The Trinamool Congress, on the other hand, claimed that BJP workers had attacked a local TMC party office in Kanthi and vandalised it.

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To protest the "lack of democracy" in Bengal, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to carry out a rally on Wednesday afternoon. BJP's national executive committee member Mukul Roy and state BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu will also participate in the agitation.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra held Trinamool workers responsible for vandalising and setting ablaze the buses and said the Mamata Banerjee was behaving like a "Talibani Didi".

"The way stones were pelted, buses were vandalised and set ablaze, shows what kind of situation is prevailing in West Bengal. This is the real face of Mamata Banerjee," he said.

"What kind of act is this? You (Mamata Banerjee) are behaving like Talibani Didi," he added.

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