Joynagar, May 13 (GCCurrentAffairs) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Monday alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled permission for his rally because she was afraid her nephew, who is contesting from one of the seats that Shah was supposed to hold a rally, would lose.
Addressing a public meeting here, Mr Shah said: “I was to visit 3 places today, but Mamata’s ji’s nephew is contesting from one of the seats so she is scared her nephew will lose, and that’s why she cancelled the permission for our rally.
The BJP president said the Bengal chief minister has disallowed people from saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
“I challenge Mamata di to arrest me for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’,” he said.
Mr Shah alleged that Mamata Banerjee is blocking the benefits given by Modi government to the people of West Bengal.
“Mamata Didi in Bengal does not give the benefit of any scheme of Modi Ji’s government because Mamata Didi believes that if these schemes start here Modi will become more popular here,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Shah was denied permission to hold a rally in Baripur which was falls under Jadavpur constituency in the run-up to the last phase of polls.
The party sources on Monday said that although permission was granted for Shah’s chopper to land here, it was later denied by authorities.
Mr Shah in a tweet said,“Since Mamata Banerjee Govt did not give permission for the 2nd rally which was to be held in Jadavpur, Kolkata, Shri@AmitShah is compelled to hold only 2 rallies. People of Bengal will give a befitting reply to this anarchy of Mamata Didi on 23rd May.”
Meanwhile, the BJP on Monday hit out at the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, alleging the chief minister has replaced democracy with her “dictatorship” after the state administration denied permission to a rally by its president Amit Shah.
Shah was scheduled to hold a rally in Jadhavpur constituency today but the state administration denied permission for it last night and also withdrew its nod to the landing of Shah’s chopper in the constituency, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
Accusing the ruling state government of not allowing Mr Shah’s rally, a senior party leader said the Election Commission has become a “mute spectator” to the Trinamool Congress’s alleged undemocratic means to target the saffron party.
BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said his party will hold protests and also move the EC.
“It is unfortunate that the EC has become a mute spectator to all this and also use of violence by the TMC in the state,” he added.