Sounding the poll bugle for his party in West Bengal, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday addressed a rally at Kolkata’s Mayo Road. The BJP chief launched a scathing attack on TMC over various issues, including Assam National Registrar of Citizens (NRC). Accusing the TMC of shielding illegal immigrants in the country, the BJP chief said Bangladeshi infiltrators are Mamata Banerjee’s vote bank. Days ago, a war of words broke out between the BJP and TMC over the draft of Assam National Registrar of Citizens (NRC). With an eye on 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP aims to expand its footprint in the state that is being ruled by Trinamool Congress. Earlier, the BJP claimed that Kolkata police is not granting permission to party for Amit Shah’s rally. But later they did get the permission for a rally at Kolkata’s Mayo Road.
The TMC is observing the black day in the state today against the BJP president Amit Shah’s rally at Kolkata. The West Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha seats, so it is politically significant for all parties in next general elections. Mamata Banerjee, who remains at the centre of proposed federal front for next elections, hopes to become next prime minister of the country.
Amit Shah in Kolkata LIVE Updates:
2:45 pm | Amit Shah pays floral tributes to Khudiram Bose at Kolkata’s rally. Khudiram was a Bengali revolutionary and known for his role in Indian freedom struggle.
2:40 pm | Shah alleges that Mamata Banerjee even politicises Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja in the state.
2:35 pm | Attacking Congress, the BJP president said NRC is the brainchild of Rajiv Gandhi’s Assam Accord. He added that Congress didn’t have a problem then but opposing now.
2: 30 pm | Accusing Mamata Banerjee of shielding illegal immigrants in the country, Bangladeshi infiltrators are TMC chief’s vote bank
2:25 pm | Amit Shah launches a scathing attack on Trinamool Congress over corruption, says Mamata di was elected because she fought against corruption but now scams are everywhere.
2:23 pm | Reacting to the TMC’s allegations that BJP is anti-Bengal, Amit Shah says BJP is not anti-Bengal but anti-Mamata
2:20 pm | Only Modi rule can bring development in the state, said Amit Shah at Kolkata rally while praising BJP-led NDA government.
2: 18 pm | Shah talks about parivratan at the Kolkata’s rally, in an apparent reference to BJP’s victory in next state Assembly elections.
2:15 pm | Amit Shah attacks Opposition over NRC
Reiterating his party’s stand on NRC, the BJP president said that they will make sure that the process of NRC Assam is carried out peacefully, adding that neither Mamata Banerjee nor Rahul Gandhi can stop us from doing it. He further said, “We want to ask Mamata Banerjee “why is she protecting Bangladeshi infiltrators?”. Rahul Gandhi also is not clarifying his stand on the issue. This is because of Congress’ vote-bank politics”
2:00 pm | Addressing the rally, BJP president launched a scathing attack on ruling party in the state and said will uproot the Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress from West Bengal.
1:39 pm | BJP president Amit Shah arrives at Kolkata airport, to address a rally at Mayo Road soon.