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Amit Shah accuses Mamata Banerjee of 'triggering riots' to oppose CAA

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 March 2020, 16:10 IST

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday accused Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of triggering riots and burning trains to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act. The protests by Mamata Banerjee, who has been one of the firm critics of the law, will be of no benefit, Amit Shah stated, "Mamata didi can't stop it".

"I want to ask Mamata didi -- why are you hurting the interests of our refugees?" Mr Shah said at a rally in the heart of Kolkata this evening. "You only care about infiltrators. Refugees are being misled and scared... Hindus who fled our neighbouring countries who were raped and threatened and killed... should they not get citizenship?" he said.

Commencing the BJP’s campaign for the forthcoming municipal elections, the Home Minister stated that the party will have an overwhelming victory in the next state assembly polls.

"I thank Bengal for 18 seats in 2019 (Lok Sabha elections). Mamata used to say we will lose our deposits. The BJP got two-crore plus votes in Bengal. Mamata-ji, just wait, in 2021 (assembly) election, we will win Bengal with clear majority," the minister said.

Amit Shah, who is seen as the architect of two stupendous victories in 2014 and 2019, and a string of state elections, tweaked the slogan of ‘parivartan’ used by the Bengal Chief Minister to toppel the 35-year left citadel in 2011.

"Aar noy (np more) tolabaji (extortion), appeasement, infiltration, violence... this is the slogan that will change the government of Bengal," he said, launching the "Aar noy onnay (no more injustice)" campaign, crafted on the lines of Ms Banerjee's "Didi-ke bolo" campaign. With specific phone numbers, both focus on public feedback.

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First published: 1 March 2020, 16:10 IST