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Posted at: Dec 7, 2018, 2:02 PM; last updated: Dec 7, 2018, 3:17 PM (IST)

Shah accuses Mamata Banerjee of ‘subverting democracy’ in WB

Shah accuses Mamata Banerjee of ‘subverting democracy’ in WB
Amit Shah addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjab Bhui

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 7

Accusing Mamata Banerjee of “subverting democracy”, BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday said the West Bengal Chief Minister had stalled the party’s ‘rath yatras’ as she was scared of the impact they would have created in the state.

“She is scared of the BJP,” he said, launching a strident attack, recounting past incidents to allege lawlessness in the state. He was addressing a press conference here.

“By stopping these ‘yatras’ and stopping the BJP programmes you will only fuel people’s anger,” Shah told Banerjee saying the BJP would continue to make efforts to reach out to people of West Bengal.

“I can understand her fears but people of the state are with the BJP, she should understand,” Shah said, adding that he would lead the yatras and reach Kolkota on Saturday.  

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday had refused permission to the BJP to hold the Rath Yatra in Coochbehar after the West Bengal government had refused to allow the event saying it could cause communal tension.

Shah was scheduled to flag off the yatra, touted as the party’s biggest political campaign in West Bengal, on Friday.


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