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BJP National President Shri JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah visited Kolkata on 01 March, 2020 to kickstart BJP’s campaign for local body elections in West Bengal, a precursor to the Assembly polls to be held next year.

During the Pravas BJP National President Shri JP Nadda and Shri Amit Shah participated in a closed-door meeting with the State leadership of West Bengal. On the occasion Shri Amit Shah addressed a huge rally at Shahid Minar ground and launched BJP’s campaign slogan for upcoming elections. The rally was organised in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act and Shri Shah dispelled people’s fears on this issue. He also visited Kalighat temple and performed special puja there.

Addressing the huge rally in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Kolkata Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while unveiling the new slogan for the 2021 elections. In Kolkata Shri Shah gave the slogan, “Ar Noy Annay (no more injustice)”. A CD comprising the song is going to be circulated across the state and advertisements would also be prepared.

Interacting with the huge participants Shri Amit Shah said we have fixed a target of two-third seats for the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2021 election and this “Ar Noy Annay (no more injustice)” slogan would talk about injustice against corruption, appeasement and dynastic rule of Bengal. The slogan would be used to fight against TMC government in the run-up to the election he added.

He categorically said that the next Chief Minister of Bengal would not be any shehzada but a son of this soil. He also added that corruption under Mamata Banerjee has spread everywhere. “From nephew to ground level worker of the Trinamool Congress, it spreads like cancer,” Shri Shah said.
When Shri Amit Shah began talking about Sri Ram Janmabhoomi temple at Ayodhya, the huge gathering on the rally ground given a rousing reception with rounds of applause. The sea of crowd also prompted ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
Promising the public‘Sonar Bangla’ the Home Minister hit out at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her resistance to the Citizenship Amendment Act and vowed to win the upcoming Assembly polls and form the government.

To “highlight and protest the injustice caused to the people of West Bengal by the Mamata Banerjee government” Shri Shah also vowed to form the government in the upcoming state elections. “BJP has won 18 out of 42 seats in Lok Sabha. Mamata should be careful in the coming upcoming Assembly elections, it is the BJP who will form the government here,” Shri Amit Shah stated.

“Aar noy (no more) tolabaji (extortion), appeasement, infiltration, violence… this is the slogan that will change the government of Bengal,” Shri Shah said, rolling out the campaign crafted to counter Banerjee’s ‘Didi-ke bolo” outreach.

Shri Shah further said that Mamata, who is opposing CAA, raised the issue of citizenship to refugees when she was in the Opposition. “Now, she is standing with the Congress and Communists in Opposition again. There were riots in Bengal. Trains and railway stations were burnt. How have the Dalits wronged you in any way? Why are you protesting when we want to give them citizenship?” he asked.

“I am saying we will provide citizenship to everyone. People are being told that you will have to produce documents. BJP will provide citizenship to everyone, the chief minister cannot stop us,” Shri Shah added.

Recalling the violence that occurred ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Home Minister said, “When we came here for the election campaign, permissions were denied, stages were vandalized and false cases filed. More than 40 BJP workers lost their lives, but even after all this, Mamata didi could you stop us?” He added the rally was against the “goons of Trinamool Congress”.

Late in the evening, BJP National President Shri JP Nadda and Shri Amit Shah held a closed-door meeting with party legislators and office bearers over elections to 107 municipalities and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), to be held in April. These elections are seen as “mini-Assembly elections” ahead of the crucial 2021 Assembly poll in West Bengal.