BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: After the hate speech controversy in the Capital, which allegedly triggered Northeast Delhi’s violence, “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maro sa***n ko” reverberated the air in Kolkata as some BJP raised the slogan enroute Amit Shah’s rally on Saturday.
The Union Home Minister held a public rally to launch BJP’s campaign — Aar Noy Annay (no more injustices) — seeking an end to what it calls the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government’s misrule in West Bengal. Apart from the rally, he also inaugurated a new building of the National Security Guards (NSG) in Kolkata.
Earlier this week, BJP leader Kapil Mishra came under scrutiny for using provocative speech and raising the “goli maro” slogan during Delhi Assembly election and pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rallies. The opposition and a senior Justice of Delhi High Court condemned him using such hate speeches saying these provoked the Delhi violence, which claimed 42 lives.
Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and other Left organisations took to the road to protest against Shah’s rally in Kolkata. The protestors raised ‘go back’ slogans, showed black flags and tried to push the barricade after Shah landed at Kolkata airport.
On Saturday, the Delhi Police have detained six people for raising the controversial slogan at the Rajiv Chowk metro station.