Shah Addresses BJP Rally in Kolkata As Workers Chant ‘Goli Maaro’

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Shah Addresses BJP Rally in Kolkata As Workers Chant ‘Goli Maaro’

‘Goli Maaro’ Slogans Raised, Protests Across City

As BJP prepared for Shah’s mega rally, many in Kolkata reported hearing ‘Goli Maaro’ slogans from the workers as they made their way to the rally’s venue.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday, 1 March, arrived in Kolkata on a day-long visit, as citizens and Opposition parties protested against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), raising ‘Go back’ slogans.

Shah held a rally in the city to “clear the confusion” around the CAA.

‘Goli Maaro’ Slogans Raised, Protests Across City

As BJP prepared for Shah’s mega rally, many in Kolkata reported hearing ‘Goli Maaro’ slogans from the workers as they made their way to the rally’s venue.

This happened even as parts of the city saw protests against the home minister’s visit. Hundreds of protesters from the Left Front and Congress, holding black flags and anti-CAA posters, held a demonstration outside Gate No 1 of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport.

Other protests saw a less aggressive approach with protesters offering Shah flowers, sweets and a ‘love letter’.

Closed-Door Meeting With BJP Workers

After addressing the scheduled rally at Shaheed Minar Ground, where the state BJP felicitated Shah for the passage of CAA in Parliament. BJP National President JP Nadda attended the public meeting.

Further, the home minister inaugurated a new building of National Security Guards at Rajarhat and held a closed-door meeting with the state BJP leadership, with Nadda.

He will visit Kalighat Temple in south Kolkata.

After that, Shah and Nadda will hold a closed-door meeting with BJP party functionaries and finalise the party’s strategy for the upcoming municipal poll in the state, he said.

The election to 107 municipalities of the state and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) are being billed as “mini Assembly elections” ahead of the crucial 2021 Assembly poll in West Bengal.

“We will place our report on municipal polls before him and Naddaji,” the BJP leader said.

This will be Shah’s second visit to West Bengal after assuming the office of Union Home Minister. He had addressed a seminar on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at Netaji Indoor Stadium on 1 October 2019.