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BJP is in power in 19 states, but we want to uproot Mamata: Shah

Amit Shah added that Mamata Banerjee was against the NRC for "vote bank politics".

Kolkata: BJP president Amit Shah at a public rally here on Saturday, said his party would fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bengal, on the planks of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and illegal infiltration from Bangladesh.

Attacking Banerjee in her backyard, Shah said, “I would like to ask Mamata ji why she is protecting Bangladeshi infiltrators. Rahul Gandhi is also not clarifying his stand on this issue.”

Virtually sounding the poll bugle for the next Lok Sabha polls in Bengal, Shah said, “Why do you (Banerjee) want to keep the Bangladeshi infiltrators? You should make your stand clear.” He added that she was against the NRC for “vote bank politics”.

He said, “The BJP is ruling in 19 states but I believe that these victories are meaningless until we win over the place of Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Rabindranath Tagore.”

Meanwhile, the TMC on Saturday organized ‘Dhikkar Diwas’ in various parts of the state, except Kolkata, against publication of the complete draft of NRC in Assam on July 30.

Earlier, Shah was shown black flags by Youth Congress workers when he came out of the NSC Bose International airport here to attend the rally, the police said.

‘We will complete NRC process’

At his rally in Kolkata, Shah also said:

  • “Mamata Banerjee has opposed NRC, which is meant to throw out illegal immigrants from the country. Mamata ji, NRC will not stop, no matter how much you oppose it. It is our commitment to complete the NRC process.
  • ’How can BJP be anti-Bangla when BJP founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee himself was a Bengali? We are not Bangla virodhi (anti-Bangla) but Mamata virodhi (anti-Mamata).’
  • ’Earlier, we used to hear the sound of ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ everyday in Bengal, but now you hear only the sound of bomb explosions here.’

TMC to Shah: Apologise or face action

  • Senior TMC leader Derek O’Brien slammed Shah for his statements against Banerjee, including accusing her of leading a corrupt system in the state to apologise or face legal action.
  • O’Brien served a 24-hour ultimatum to Shah
  • He alleged Shah had not only crossed all limits, but also abused Bengal.
  • ‘You may have done this kind of politics in Gujarat but it can’t happen here. And who are you to raise questions about corruption,’ O’Brien said.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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