New Delhi: While Union home minister Amit Shah blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the ‘riots’ in West Bengal in the aftermath of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2020, a group of men clad in saffron and carrying BJP flags reportedly chanted “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro” at Kolkata’s Esplanade area where the Union home minister addressed he party workers. Also Read - 'Aar Noy Annay': Amit Shah Gives Clarion Call to West Bengal Ahead of Elections, Says CAA Will Help Bengalis
This slogan became the centre of the controversy ahead of the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 when BJP leader Anurag Thakur was accused of inciting voters during a campaign. The same slogans were raised several times after that. On Saturday, six persons were detained for chanting the slogan at Rajiv Chowk metro station. Also Read - India Has Joined League of Countries Like US, Israel in Carrying Out Surgical Strikes: Amit Shah at NSG Event in Kolkata
In his speech, Union home minister Amit Shah said, “While protesting and opposing us, you’re also opposing the campaign of Harichand Thakur and Guruchand Thakur. You’re opposing the promises of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.” Also Read - Ahead of Amit Shah's Kolkata Visit, West Bengal Raj Bhavan Goes Public With Letter Seeking Fund Details For Mamata's Anti-CAA Campaign
“PM brought CAA that gave millions of refugees citizenship here in Bengal. Mamata Di opposed it. There were riots in Bengal. Trains and railway stations were burnt,” he added.
“I want to ask Mamata didi why are you opposing the CAA. Why you don’t have any sympathy for Matuas and Namashudras? Why infiltrators are dearer to you?” Shah said. Blaming the Mamata Banerjee government for West Bengal lagging behind in the development chart, Shah urged the people to vote for the BJP. “Didn’t you give the communists decades? Didn’t you give Mamata Didi 10 years? Then why don’t you give us a chance to turn West Bengal into Sonal Bagla,” he said.
Amit Shah also alleged that Mamata Banerjee was in support of the citizenship law earlier. “This will help Bengalis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is helping so many Bengalis to gain citizenship. I want to ask the CM why she doesn’t want these people to become Indian citizens,” he said.