Illegal Immigrants are Mamata's vote bank, says Amit Shah
11 August 2018
The West Bengal chief minister is opposing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as the TMC leader is banking heavily on illegal immigrants from Bangladesh to draw support for her party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah said at a rally in Kolkata today.
Shah also alleged that the appeasement politics followed by Mamata Banerjee, blowing the poll bugle for uprooting TMC from Bengal, indicating that his party will make the alleged presence of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in West Bengal a poll issue and seek an Assam-like NRC for the state.
Shah said Mamata Banerjee’s appeasement politics has gone to such an extent that the state government imposed restrictions on movement of people during the Durga Puja immersion celebrations.
“There is a limit to appeasement. How can Bengal not celebrate Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja? Elect the BJP government in Bengal and we will show you how to celebrate Hindu festivals,” Shah said during his rally in Kolkata.
“If we don’t stop the illegal immigration, then Bengal won’t be safe. The only way to achieve that is NRC. That’s why I ask my brothers and sisters to support NRC,” Shah said.
Amit Shah’s rally underscores his intention to build the NRC issue as a major poll plank in Mamata Banerjee’s state.
Union minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo, meanwhile, took to Twitter and alleged that TMC was trying to black out prime local TV channels to block the coverage of Amit Shah’s rally.
In a scathing attack on Mamata Banerjee, Amit Shah said that during TMC’s tenure, there has been no development in Bengal – only guns and bomb factories have increased.
“We not only want change in Bengal, we want to uproot TMC from West Bengal,” Shah said.
Taking jibe at the ‘BJP Go Back’ posters put out by the TMC cadres, Amit Shah said, “How can we be against Bengal when, our party was founded by a Bengali?”
He further added that, however hard Mamata tries to stop NRC, “we are totally committed to it.”
While the Amit Shah rally was better organised thaN the earlier one addressed by prime Minister Narendra Modi, unidentified miscreants attacked a bus waiting to take BJP workers to Kolkata in West Midnapore in West Bengal on the previous night.
Posters reading ‘BJP Go Back’ were seen on the streets of Kolkata ahead of BJP President Amit Shah's rally on Saturday 11 August.
TMC planned to take out rallies across West Bengal on Saturday to protest against the publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, a senior leader of the party said.