BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: CPI(M), Congress and several students’ organisations took to streets to protest against Union Minister Amit Shah’s Kolkata visit on Sunday. The protestors raised ‘go back’ slogans, showed black flags and tried to push the barricades after Shah landed at Kolkata airport.
Shah 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 will also take part in a series of events.
CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty led a protest rally in Jadavpur area and a group of party supporters gathered outside the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in the northern outskirts of Kolkata to show black flags to Shah. There were black balloons, too.
The protestors gathered at Shahid Minar Ground, where Shah’s rally took place, alleging the Union Minister was complicit in the recent violence in Northeast Delhi.
Protesters also gathered at Moulali, Entally and Park Circus areas in central Kolkata.
“Amit Shah, who has his hands soaked in the blood in the Delhi clashes, is not welcome in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee, by allowing him to address a rally, has revealed the hidden understanding between the BJP and TMC,” Sujan Chakraborty said.
State Congress president Somen Mitra said the Congress’ mass arms Chhattra Parishad, Mahila Congress and Yuva Congress will stage demonstration at Dharamtala, which could be the epicentre of the protests.
BJP’s national secretary Rahul Sinha and state unit general secretary Sayantan Basu have warned protesters against daring to reach near their venue.
“If they try to block roads through which our supporters are coming, we know how to lift blockades. If they try to reach near our venue, we know how to retaliate,” Sinha said.
The police have made elaborate security arrangements, including surveillance using drones, to avoid untoward incidents.
However, the ruling TMC hasn’t scheduled any event on Sunday. Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister took to Twitter to post a message on Zero Discrimination Day, which is observed on March 1. She urged people not to discriminate people based on caste, creed, and religion. “Today on @UN #ZeroDiscriminationDay, it pains me to witness the politics of discrimination being woven into the fabric of India. Let us pledge to uproot all forms of division based on caste, creed, and religion from our society. We will never stand for discrimination of any kind,” she tweeted.
On the other hand, netizens also opposed the Shah’s Kolkata visit and #GoBackAmitShah has been trending on Twitter since Sunday morning.