Shah's Kolkata rally a 'flop show', BJP chief insulted Bengal: TMC
Kolkata: Slamming BJP national president Amit Shah over his remark that the signals of all Bengali channels were lowered so that locals can be prevented from viewing his address, the TMC said everything was telecast and urged the BJP not to blame the media unnecessarily.
Terming the rally as a flop show, taking to its Twitter handle, the TMC stated that either Amit Shah should prove his allegations or resign from his post.
Calling the rally a "big flop show," the TMC tweeted: "BJP has just concluded another flop show in #Bangla After the flop meeting BJP are looking for excuses. They are saying their meeting was blacked out. Blackouts and blackmailing are what BJP does. Don't insult the media. All showed. We challenge BJP. Either they prove it or resign."
TMC spokesperson and MP Derek O'Brien said on Saturday: "Amit Shah should apologise within 72 hours or else we would take legal action."
He further added: "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… This state has a tradition and culture which Shah will never understand. Before commenting on Bengal's culture, Shah should look into his own track record. We have the recording of the 27-minute speech of Amit Shah and if he does not tender apology we will take him to court."
Derek also maintained that the BJP is trying to play communal politics. Asked to comment on Shah's statement that the Centre will complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and neither Mamata Banerjee nor Rahul Gandhi has any power to stop it, he said: "Trinamool's stand is very clear. The party will stand by the genuine Indian citizens whose names have been dropped from the NRC. The relatives of the former President of India's names have not been included in the NRC list. The names of many jawans have been omitted. BJP is playing divisive politics."
While addressing a BJP rally on Mayo Road on Saturday, Shah said: "Earlier in Bengal, people used to hear Rabindra Sangeet and now this has been replaced by the sound of bombs." Shah added that only Modi can give corruption-free Bengal.
Shah further added that Bengal is submerged in corruption and chit fund cases involving Sarada, Narada and Rose Valley. Bengal's development is possible under Narendra Modi only, he maintained.
Derek said: "Shah has attacked the personal integrity of Mamata Banerjee and the people of Bengal are not going to tolerate this."