Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday accused West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of “triggering riots” and “burning trains” in a bid to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
He said this at a rally in Kolkata prior to which Bharatiya Janata Party supporters were spotted raising “goli maaro” (shoot them) slogans. Hundreds of supporters of the Left Front and the Congress protested against Shah outside the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, holding black flags and posters against the CAA.
Shah launched in Kolkata, the party’s campaign for the coming municipal elections. His comments in Kolkata were made under the backdrop of the Delhi violence in which over 40 persons were killed and over 200 persons injured.
At the rally held in the Shahid Minar ground, Shah asked, “I want to ask Mamata didi, why are you hurting the interests of our refugees? Refugees are being misled. Hindus who fled the neighbouring countries were threatened… should they not get citizenship?” He reiterated that no one would lose citizenship because of the Act. “The Opposition is terrorising minorities,” he alleged.
Shah claimed the BJP will form the next government in the state, winning over two-thirds majority in the 2021 Assembly elections. “Mamata-ji, just wait…” he said. “The Sonar Bangla will not be formed under Mamata di… bring the BJP,” he said.