Two groups of individuals clashed at the BJP’s Purba Bardhaman district party office in West Bengal on Thursday when a gathering of the saffron camp was ongoing , police said.

Members of the 2 groups hurled stones at one another and torched vehicles which were parked near the premises, a senior officer said.

BJP leaders alleged that the TMC was behind the incident, while the ruling party within the state denied the charge and claimed it had been a fallout of the bickering between the old and new members of the saffron camp.

During the meeting, members of 1 group of the 2 came out of the office, which was recently inaugurated by BJP president J P Nadda virtually, and set two mini trucks ablaze , the officer said.

A large contingent of police personnel chased away the troublemakers and brought things in check .

BJP leaders who were present at the meeting alleged that the local Trinamool Congress activists orchestrated the clash.

Denying the allegation, TMC Purba Bardhaman district president Swapan Debnath said two factions of the BJP — old and new — were fighting against one another over the difficulty of getting prominence within the saffron party.

Senior BJP leader Samik Bhattacharya in Kolkata said the party will discuss the incident and not tolerate any indisciplined act.

“Those joining the party should understand that no act of indiscipline are going to be tolerated,” he said.


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