BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a rally in Kolkata
Union minister Amit Shah today tweaked the slogan of "parivartan" (change) used by Mamata Banerjee to topple the 35-year Left citadel in 2011. "Aar noy (no more) tolabaji, appeasement, infiltration, violence… this is the slogan that will change the government of Bengal," Mr Shah said at a rally in the heart of Kolkata this evening.
In the backdrop of the three-day violence in Delhi over the citizenship law — which claimed 43 lives earlier this week — Mr Shah accused Ms Banerjee of triggering riots and burning trains to oppose the CAA.
"I want to ask Mamata didi — why are you hurting the interests of our refugees? You only care about infiltrators. Refugees are being misled and scared… Hindus who fled our neighbouring countries who were raped and threatened and killed… should they not get citizenship?" he said.
Kicking off the BJP's campaign for the upcoming municipal elections, Mr Shah — who landed in Kolkata this morning amid student protests against his presence – said the BJP will have an overwhelming victory in the next assembly elections in the state.