Kolkata: BJP president Amit Shah on Monday dared Mamata Banerjee to arrest him for chanting “Jai Shri Ram” and alleged that her government is nabbing people for hailing the deity. “Mamata didi says you cannot chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ in Bengal. Mamata Didi, I chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ from the dais of Joynagar seat. I will go Kolkata, arrest me if you have guts,” Shah said at a campaign rally.
Hours after being denied of permission to hold a rally, BJP chief Amit Shah while addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Joynagar challenged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to arrest him for shouting “Jai Shri Ram”.
The BJP chief also exhorted the gathering to raise the same chants. He also charged the TMC government of not permitting people to perform Durga and Saraswati worship. “People do not get permission for Durga worship in Mamata Didi’s rule. Her goons create ruckus at Saraswati ‘puja’ venues. You cannot chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ because she wants votes of infiltrators,” Shah remarked.
Appealing to people to vote for his party, he said, “You vote against Mamata on May 19. I guarantee you, the BJP government and Narendra Modi will create an environment where ‘puja’ can once again be performed in a glorious manner.” Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also made similar accusations against the Mamata Banerjee government at a campaign rally.
“Didi is so frustrated these days that she doesn’t even want to talk about God. The situation is such that Didi is arresting and jailing those who are chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’,” Modi had said at a rally in Tumluk on May 6. Shah also reiterated his party’s promise of deporting illegal immigrants living in the state.
The BJP also hit out at Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, alleging the chief minister has replaced democracy with her “dictatorship” after the state administration denied permission to a rally by its president Amit Shah. Shah was scheduled to hold a rally in Jadhavpur Monday but the state administration denied permission for it last night and also withdrew its nod to the landing of Shah’s chopper in the constituency, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here. “This is murder of democracy. The EC should take cognizance of the matter. If important leaders are not allowed to hold rallies then what is the meaning of elections,” Javadekar said.
In January this year, permission was denied for the BJP president’s chopper to land in Malda district to hold a rally. However, authorities permitted Shah to hold the public meeting at the last minute. In its defence, the Malda district administration had stated that it was not possible to grant permission to land VVIP helicopters that week, owing to construction work.