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Trinamool hits back at Amit Shah, wants BJP chief to apologise for remarks against Mamata

Trinamool Congress said the party will opt for legal action against BJP president Amit Shah if he doesn’t issue an apology in the next 24 hours.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2018 17:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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TMC leader Derek O’ Brien reacts to remarks by BJP president Amit Shah in a rally in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress reacted sharply to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s remarks at a rally in Kolkata on Saturday, threatening legal action against him unless he issues an apology in the next 24 hours.

“Amit Shah should apologise within 24 hours, or else we would take legal action,” said Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member and spokesperson Derek O’ Brien. However, he did not clarify which specific point his party wanted an apology for.

“Who is Amit Shah? He can’t get away by alleging corruption against Mamata Banerjee. He has crossed the limits of decency by dishonouring the culture of Bengal,” added O’ Brien.

In a no-holds-barred attack on West Bengal’s ruling party, Shah accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of wanting to shelter Bangladeshi infiltrators as they have become her party’s vote bank, using the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to take pot shots at her and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

“We will make sure that the process of NRC Assam is carried out peacefully. Neither Mamata Banerjee nor Rahul Gandhi can stop us from doing it,” Shah said addressing a huge public rally at Kolkata’s Mayo Road organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yava Morcha.

He also reiterated his vow to uproot the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.

The Congress also attacked Shah over his remarks.

“Amit Shah is talking of identifying infiltrators from Bangladesh and pushing them back. This is completely absurd. Had the government been serous about the push back, it should have first signed an agreement with Bangladesh,” said state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury.

“These people cannot be pushed back legally,” he added.

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 17:45 IST