On a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief minister Mamta Banerjee, Union Home Minister said that no one can dare to stop Durga Puja or Ram Navami in the state. On his first visit to West Bengal after the Lok Sabha elections, Amit Shah also slammed Mamta over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue and accused her of misleading the people of the state.
Addressing a large crowd after inaugurating a Durga Puja pandal in Salt Lake area, the Bharatiya Janata Party president sought to play up the altercation between the two sides on the issues of Ram Navami procession and Durga Puja idol immersion in an apparent attempt to prepare ground for the assembly elections due in the state in 2021. “No one can dare stop you from celebrating them now,” he told a packed crowd.
The BJP and TMC have been at loggerheads in West Bengal over the past few years and the saffron party has often taken on Mamata over alleged appeasement of minorities. Tensions peaked in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections and have been on the boil, especially over the NRC rollout in Assam. Raising the issue of NRC, Amit Shah accused Mamata Banerjee of trying to create panic among people by spreading a false narrative.
“People of Bengal are being misled on the issue of NRC. I’m here today to clarify and clear all doubts on BJP’s stand on the same. Mamata Di is saying that millions of Hindus will have to leave West Bengal. There is no bigger lie than this. I want to assure the people of Bengal from all communities that nothing of this sort is going to happen,” Amit Shah said triggering huge applause from the crowd.
I appeal to every worker of the party to reach out to every Bengali and explain them the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the NRC.
— BJP (@BJP4India) October 1, 2019