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Mamata patronising illegal infiltration, Rahul should clear stand: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

chief today launched a scathing attack on and today for opposing the NRC in and said that they should clarify whether the country comes first or the

in her backyard, the (BJP) president, who addressed a rally here, accused the Trinamool (TMC) of "patronising" infiltration from and corruption in and gave a call for uprooting the

Shah said the accord was signed by the then and the had no problems with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at that time. He alleged that for the sake of politics, is not making his stand clear on illegal migration from

Hitting back at Shah, the TMC said the BJP's "communal will not work in Bengal".

Virtually sounding the poll bugle for the next polls in Bengal, Shah began his speech at the well-attended public rally with the slogan of uprooting the ruling from Bengal and said that he would visit all the districts in the state.

He said the party's "Vijay Rath (victory march) will not stop", until it comes to power in "Why do you (Banerjee) want to keep the Bangladeshi infiltrators? You should make your stand clear," he said adding she was against the NRC for "politics".

He claimed that infiltrators were a vote bank for the previous and now they have become the vote bank of the TMC. "and Mamata didi should clarify whether national security is important for them or the vote bank. For the BJP, the country comes first," Shah said.

said here the Congress was not opposed to the NRC but to the way it was being implemented in He accused Shah of doing over NRC.

Khera said that 80 per cent of the NRC work in Assam was done by Congress and the rest of it was done by the after the Supreme Court's directive. Shah said the TMC was engaged in propaganda by stating that refugees would driven out and said, "I assure that all the refugees that nothing will happen to them".

The Centre has brought the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 for this purpose, he said. The Bill, introduced in the in 2016, seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to illegal migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction.

"But the Congress and the TMC should clarify whether they agree with the bill or not," he said.

Shah said that some people talk about human rights of illegal migrants, but questioned the similar rights of the citizens of Bengal -- the Hindus and Muslims. "They don't bother about that," he remarked.

Referring to TMC posters saying 'Anti-Bengal to leave Bengal' he said the saffron party is neither anti-Bengal nor anti-Bengali but is against the "misrule" of TMC.

He accused the of "patronising" corruption and wondered where did the Rs 3.59 lakh crore provided to the state by the 14th go.

"I want to ask everybody has anyone received any benefit from those funds. All the factories in Bengal have pulled down their shutters, only bomb making and arms factory are operating here," he said.

Shah said that the people of Bengal had given a chance to the Congress, the communists and the TMC but "they failed to Give a chance to the BJP under Narendra Modi. We will bring in development."

Alleging that the TMC government had tried to put hurdles during the immersion of Durga idols, he said, "Once the BJP comes to power in the state, Durga puja, Saraswati puja will be celebrated with fanfare. Until the BJP assumes power in Bengal, our Vijay Rath will not stop."

Shah accused the ruling TMC for blacking out channels which covered his programme. "You (TMC) can blackout channels, but our BJP workers will carry my message to every corner of the state," he said at the meeting.

Accusing Banerjee of a U-turn on the infiltration issue, urged the not to politicise issues related to national security. She targeted the TMC for scams such as Rose Valley, Saradha and Narada and alleged it has turned into a "Terror Making Machine".

The termed Shah's allegations as "baseless". TMC said Shah has "insulted Bengal and has spread blatant lies against the TMC".

"The communal of BJP will not work in Bengal," he said.

While claimed the rally was one of the biggest in Kolkata, the TMC said that it was a "flop show".

"The BJP has just concluded another flop show in #Bangla. After the flop meeting, BJP is looking for excuses. They are saying their meeting was blacked-out. Black outs and blackmailing is what BJP does.

"Do not insult the media. All showed. We challenge BJP. Either they prove it or resign," the TMC said in a statement.

The TMC today organized Dhikkar Diwas in various parts of the state, except Kolkata, against publication of the complete draft of NRC in Assam on July 30.

Shah was shown black flags by Youth Congress workers when he came out of the here to attend a rally, the police said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 20:25 IST