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This Isn't Delhi, Won't Tolerate 'Goli Maaro' Slogans In Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee

The West Bengal CM called the communal riots in the national capital a 'genocide' sponsored by the state

This Isn't Delhi, Won't Tolerate <em>'Goli Maaro'</em> Slogans In Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses party workers at a rally in Bankura district | PTI Photo
This Isn't Delhi, Won't Tolerate 'Goli Maaro' Slogans In Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee
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2020-03-02T13:51:03+05:30

A day after BJP supporters raised controversial 'Goli Maaro' slogans en route to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said such chants will not be tolerated in the state.

"I condemn those who raised 'Goli Maro...' slogan on Kolkata streets. Law will take its own course," she said.

"This is not Delhi. We will not tolerate such slogans in Kolkata," she added.

The Trinamool Congress supremo also hit out at the Central government and said that the BJP was trying to " implement Gujarat model of riots" across the country, including in West Bengal.

She termed the communal riots in the national capital "genocide" and said she was "deeply pained" by the killing of innocent people in the violence.

"I am deeply pained by the killing of innocent people in Delhi. I think it was a genocide... the violence in Delhi was state-sponsored," she said.

"Amit Shah should keep in mind that it is because of the CAA that so many people were killed in Delhi," added Banerjee, who has been heading anti-CAA protests in her state. 

The TMC supremo also launched a mass outreach programme 'Banglar Gorbo Mamata' (Bengal's pride Mamata), with an eye on the upcoming municipal polls and the 2021 assembly elections.

Earlier, a group of people, waving BJP flags, had raised inflammatory slogans on Sunday en route Shah's rally at Shahid Minar ground. The police later said they had arrested three BJP supporters in connection with the case.

The BJP has drawn flak since Delhi Assembly Elections for use of the slogan at the party's meetings and rallies during poll campaign.

Junior Union minister Anurag Thakur was heard egging a crowd to chant the slogan that translates as "shoot the traitors of the nation."

The Election Commission imposed a campaign on Thakur following the incident.

(With agency inputs)

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