Women participate in a protest rally against CAA, NRC and NPR, in Kolkata (Photo Credit: PTI)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Soumitra Khan launched a scathing attack against prominent personalities of Kolkata who are opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and described them as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dogs’. Khan claimed that these intellectuals are continuing with their protests against the new Citizenship Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) despite knowing all the facts. “The persons who are doing so are dogs of Mamata Banerjee,” Khan, who represents Bishnupur seat in the Lok Sabha, said.
“But the same persons remained silent about the gang rape cases at Kamduni and Park Street besides incidents of bomb blasts,” Khan, who had joined the BJP after quitting the Trinamool Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2019, said.
Actors, musicians, and directors in the state have been participating in anti-CAA rallies to register their protest against the new citizenship law. They have also come together in a video against the CAA and the NRC, asserting that they would not show any document if there is a bid by the Centre to submit fresh proof of citizenship.
Earlier on Sunday, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that one the saffron party government comes to power in the state, people damaging public property will be "identified and shot".
Addressing a gathering in the North 24 Parganas district, Ghosh said that people who damage public property get away easily under the Mamata Banerjee government but "nobody will be spared" once the BJP government is formed.
"Under Mamata Banerjee's government, even if one damages public property worth Rs 500 crores, that person escapes it. When we come to power then every such person will be identified and shot at. Nobody will be spared," Ghosh is heard saying in Bengali in a video shared by news agency ANI.
He further said that 50 lakh "Muslim infiltrators" will be chased out of the country. Their names will be removed from the voter list and the BJP will get 200 seats in West Bengal in the next Assembly elections.
The Bengal BJP chief had made similar remarks last week. He had said that such people will be shot in the same way they were shot in Uttar Pradesh. He was referring to the killings of anti-CAA protesters in Uttar Pradesh last year. "Mamata didi was not taking any step against the person who had destroyed public property as they were her voters," he said.