“Goli Maaro” slogan in Trinamool’s Kolkata rally, party criticises

Earlier, the same slogan was raised several times by the BJP in Bengal and outside

Some participants in a Trinamool Congress rally in south Kolkata on Tuesday raised the controversial “Goli Maaro” slogan leading to huge embarrassment for Bengal’s ruling party. Several Trinamool Congress leaders, including party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said it should not have happened. BJP chief in Bengal Dilip Ghosh also criticised this, saying it was an indication of what the party represents.

The rally in Kolkata was being led by senior leaders of the Trinamool Congress, including Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Debashis Kumar. It was a “reaction” to the BJP’s rally along the same route the day before. At the BJP rally on Monday, there were clashes between Trinamool and BJP supporters in three different areas along the route. Tuesday’s rally of the Trinamool was a “peace rally” called in response to the alleged violence of the BJP on the ruling party’s supporters.

The “Goli Maaro” slogan had been raised in Kolkata earlier. On March 2 last year, BJP supporters had raised this slogan while going towards a rally of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in central Kolkata. The slogan was first reported when it was raised by BJP leaders in rallies to support the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Union minister Anurag Thakur had also raised the slogan last year against those protesting the CAA in Delhi.