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Amit Shah Targets Mamata Banerjee Over Maa, Maati, Manush Slogan

“Mamata ji became the Chief Minister of Bengal by using slogans of Maa, Maati, Manush. And now the slogan has changed to Mullah, Madrasa, and Mafia in the pursuit of appeasement. Mullahs have been given full freedom, Madrasas are given our wealth and the mafia are openly allowed to loot the poor population. Mamata Banerjee ji, these things won’t work in the future.”

On Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah gave this speech in Birbhum, West Bengal. In his hate speech, he used divisive language often used by BJP leaders and referred to Muslims with the derogatory term ‘Mullahs’. He also claimed that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government, led by Mamata Banerjee, had given ‘Mullahs’ full freedom. The vilification of Muslims in BJP’s campaign has been led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called the community ‘infiltrators’ and ‘those who produce more children’ in a speech in Banswara. In Birbhum, Amit Shah followed this approach, accusing parties like TMC of allowing infiltration to appease Muslims. He also said that TMC and Congress leaders did not attend the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony in Ayodhya because of vote-bank politics.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah criticized Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not attending the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, accusing her of appeasing a certain vote bank and prioritizing infiltrators over her own people. Shah also accused Banerjee of spreading falsehoods about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), claiming she misled people into thinking it would harm them while assuring that the CAA is intended to grant asylum to minority refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Shah alleged that the TMC is trying to turn infiltrators into Indian citizens and opposed the CAA, which aims to grant residency to oppressed minorities. He emphasized that only the central government can grant citizenship and assured the Matua community they would benefit from the CAA if the BJP wins in Bengal.

During his campaign for BJP candidate Shantanu Thakur in Bongaon, Shah warned that those involved in various scams, including the chit fund and teacher recruitment scams, would be jailed. He claimed that Bengal suffered from lawlessness and that only Narendra Modi could save the state. Shah expressed confidence in the BJP’s success, stating that PM Modi had already secured a majority in the elections held so far. The counting of votes in Bengal is scheduled for June 4.

While this speech was made on Wednesday, TMC’s Sagarika Ghose and Saket Gokhale submitted a letter to the poll panel raising concerns about the BJP and its leaders’ blatant violations of the poll code on Tuesday. The TMC’s letter to the Election Commission outlines specific instances of alleged violations by the BJP, including false and malicious allegations, appeals for votes based on religion, and divisive statements made by Prime Minister Modi in his rallies.



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