Krishnanagar: BJP President Amit Shah on Monday exhorted TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to continue doing “Ilu Ilu (I Love You)” with Pakistan but if that country fired bullets, India would respond with cannon balls.
“Aapko (Mamata) Pakistan ke saath ilu ilu (I love you) karna hain toh kijiye. Lekin agar Pakistan goli marega toh hum gola marenge (You can show your love for Pakistan if you want but we would respond to their bullets with cannon balls),” he said, referring to a popular Hindi film song.
Speaking at a rally here in West Bengal, the BJP chief also said that his party would scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to J&K, and introduce National Register for Citizens across the country once it came back to power.
“We will remove Article 370 from Kashmir after forming the next BJP government at the Centre. The Congress and Trinamool Congress want Article , 370 to stay. We will also introduce NRC across the country,” he said.
Shah also sought a clarification from Banerjee if she too, like National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, wanted a separate prime minister for J&K.
“National security is supreme for us, unlike Mamata didi for whom infiltrators are vote bank…but we will identify them and throw them out,” he said.
“Mamata Banerjee-led TMC is running a mafia raj in the state. The state has achieved the distinction of topping the chart in cow smuggling and turning the state into a haven for infiltrators,” Shah claimed.
The BJP had won two seats in Bengal in 2014 against TMC’s 34. But the saffron party did well in the rural polls and some by-polls last year and hopes to be able to break TMC’s monopoly.