Amit Shah in Kolkata Highlights: Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that dreams of “Sonar Bangla” will not be fulfilled under Mamata Banerjee. Addressing a rally in Kolkata’s Shahid Minar Grounds, Shah said, “Bring the BJP to power and in five years, we will make the dream come true. This government of Mamata di is not allowing PM Modi to develop West Bengal. You gave chances to the Communists for two decades and to Mamata di for 10 years. Did they develop the state? No. Give us five years, we will turn Bengal into Sonar Bangla.”
Shah arrived in Kolkata to address a rally on the Citizenship Amendment Act amid protests by opposition parties who raised ‘Go back’ slogans outside the airport. He also inaugurated a new building of National Security Guards at Rajarhat earlier in the day. This is Shah’s second visit to West Bengal after assuming office as Union Home Minister. Party workers from districts across Bengal began pouring into the city since Saturday night to attend the ‘Abhinandan’ rally. They are expected to take out rallies from different points in the city including Howrah station and converge at the rally venue.
CPM leader Mohammad Salim, who has called upon the people of the state to protest against Shah’s visit, had earlier told reporters, “The youth and students’ wings of our party will hit the streets on March 1 to protest against the arrival of the Union home minister here. All democratic people should also join this protest.”