BJP president Amit Shah is on a visit to Kolkata and is addressing the 'Yuva Samavesh' Rally. This is Shah's first visit to West Bengal since the release of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft. Shah heavily criticised the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress for 'protecting' the illegal immigrants and said that the West Bengal chief minister should clear her stance towards the issue, adding that this rally was just a small step towards defeating TMC in West Bengal.
Shah, amid the tight security, was welcomed by a huge crowd and Kolkata police have deployed drones to avoid any mishaps.
Here are the top takeaways from Amit Shah's speech in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- For the development of West Bengal, illegal infiltrators need to be stopped said Amit Shah adding that corruption is on a rise since the TMC came to power in West Bengal
- For the Bharatiya Janata Party, the nation comes ahead of the vote bank. We will not stall the NRC draft, said Shah.
- Shah said that the BJP will carry out the NRC peacefully in Assam and neither of Congress president Rahul Gandhi nor the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will be able to stop it. "Why is Mamata Banerjee protecting Bangladeshi infiltrators? She, along with Rahul Gandhi, are not clarifying their stance on the issue, but protesting it."
- Shouldn't Bangladeshi immigrants be thrown out? Shah asked the crowd and said that West Bengal will witness a change soon, and added that Mamata Banerjee has been constantly objecting the NRC as she does not wants the illegal immigrant to go out of Bengal and Assam.
- "We are not against West Bengal, but we are definitely against Mamata Banerjee. I am here to protest against the TMC. Even if you try to suppress our voices, we will go to every district of Bengal and throw TMC out," said Amit Shah and added that Mamata Banerjee and TMC have blocked all the Bengali TV channels for broadcasting the rally.
- Shah hit out at TMC and said that the BJP will defeat the ruling party and will change Bengal forever for the good of the people.
- BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh said that youth of West Bengal is leaving the state due to lack of employment and TMC government is the sole reason behind it.
- "Have reached Kolkata where I will be addressing lakhs of young men and women who have come from all parts of West Bengal to attend the "Yuva Swabhiman Samavesh", an awakening that will uproot the undemocratic and totalitarian TMC government in the state. #BJPForSonarBangla," tweeted BJP president Amit Shah ahead of the rally. Hashtag #BJPForSonarBangla started trending on micro-blogging platform Twitter just after his tweet.
- The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president Poonam Mahajan accused that the TMC workers 'assaulted' the BJP workers for coming to the rally and said "democracy is being brutalised in the state under TMC rule." News agency PTI quoted her saying,"Our workers are being attacked on a daily basis. Since yesterday we have reports that our workers are being assaulted and stopped from coming to the rally."
- Black flags were displayed by the youth Congress workers as he came out of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport to address the gathering at Mayo Road in Kolkata, West Bengal. Anti-Modi and anti-Shah slogans were also raised after Amit Shah landed in Kolkata. The youth Congress workers even tried to stop Amith Shah's convoy by lining up vehicles on the street.