BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: In the surcharged atmosphere of pro and anti-CAA campaigns, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, widely believed to be the architect of the controversial citizenship law, will address a rally at the Shahid Minar grounds in Kolkata on Sunday. With this, the BJP will also kick off its campaign for the forthcoming municipal polls in the state.
Shah is likely to speak on the newly-enacted citizenship legislation that is being opposed by the ruling Trinamool Congress, the Congress and the CPI(M).
Shah will also meet the BJP state leadership to chalk out the party’s line of campaigning for the municipal polls. Civic polls are likely to be held in April this year and this will be the BJP’s acid test in urban areas before plunging into the Assembly poll to be held in 2021.
The BJP on its part has planned to felicitate Amit Shah for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The Left parties have called for widespread protests on the streets. Its cadres have also been asked to gherao of the BJP headquarters at Muralidhar Sen Lane in central Kolkata. Apart from the Left, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has called for a protest march in the city that will be led by Trinamool Congress minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury. A group of social activists have also called for a meeting to protest the visit of Amit Shah.
“We will welcome Amit Shah the way we had welcomed Narendra Modi with black flags during his Kolkata visit last year. Shah has blood on his hands following the Delhi violence,” said CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim.
Jamaet Ulema-E Hind’s Shiddiqullah Chowdhury said his organisation will take out a peaceful procession from Moulali to Esplanade in protest against Amit Shah’s “hate speeches”.
The police force id geared up meet these challenges. “We will not allow protestors to come near the venue of Amit Shah’s rally at Esplanade on Sunday. Extra police force will be deployed to maintain law and order,” said a senior police officer.