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Save Bengal from becoming Kashmir: BJP’s slogan for 2018 rural polls in state

The new line of campaign will try to exploit the post-Basirhat situation in the state.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2017 07:25 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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BJP president Amit Shah and party leader Siddharth Nath Singh during an election rally.(HT File Photo)

The BJP’s West Bengal unit will adopt a new slogan “Save Bengal from becoming Kashmir” in the run-up to the rural polls in the state in an attempt to step up its campaign against the Trinamool Congress government.

The new line of campaign will try to exploit the post-Basirhat situation in the state.

“We will cite the example of these riots and tell the people that unless the TMC is resisted, the future of Bengal would be like that of Kashmir where terrorist activities from across the border is a regular feature,” said a BJP Yuva Morcha leader.

The idea of the new slogan mentioning Kashmir came from a comment made by BJP leader and MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who came to Bengal to visit Basirhat. Commenting on the communal flare-up on July 9, she said Bengal was on the verge of becoming Kashmir and people are not safe there.

The BJP has also highlighted the 2014 Burdwan blast that killed two persons and exposed a flourishing network of Bangladeshi jihadi elements in at least four Bengal districts, where they made IEDs and indoctrinated youth.

Over the past few years, BJP leaders have repeatedly alleged that Mamata Banerjee’s party has connived at infiltration from across the Bangladesh border that has posed a danger to both the law and order and economy of the region.

According to BJP’s national secretary and former state president Rahul Sinha, it is the duty of BJP to highlight that TMC is the root cause an alarming law and order situation in the state.

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 07:24 IST