Mamata Banerjee slams Yogi Adityanath over "hate politics", "Goli" remark
Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for opting "hate politics" with "Goli" remark against the CAA protesters. She also claimed that BJP is playing the 'communal card' in Delhi as they are short of words to describe development in the national capital.
"How can he (the CM of UP) say 'Boli se nahi manega toh goli chala do' (If someone doesn't understand with dialogue then open fire)? I have never heard such remarks before. A Union minister (Anurag Thakur) has also said something similar. They are just indulging in hate politics...The country is going through a dangerous situation," she was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
Yogi Adityanath, star campaigner for BJP in Delhi Elections, was addressing a rally recently where he recalled how he had offered flower petals on Kanwariyas despite his officials warning that the action may lead to violence and chaos. To this, Yogi Adityanath said he responded by saying the government will not obstruct anyone's festivals. "We do not obstruct anyone's festival or faith. Let everyone celebrate festivals within the framework of the law. Lekin Shiv bhakto par goli chalayega koi vyakti, danga karayega, boli se nahi manega toh goli se toh maan hi jayega (If anyone opens fire at devotees of Lord Shiva, causes riots...If they don't listen to talks, they will surely listen to bullets.)
Recently, BJP MP Anurag Thakur also triggered a controversy with his Delhi Election speech where he was seen chanting "desh ke gaddaron ko", to which the crowd enthusiastically replied "Goli Maaro Sa***n Ko"; the entire chant translates to "shoot down the traitors who betray the country".
Mamata Banerjee, who had been strongly supporting the protest drives against CAA, claimed that BJP is left with no agenda in the Delhi elections so they are playing the communal card.
"Voters in Delhi are about to exercise their franchise, and with no agenda left, they (BJP) are playing the communal card. I am not sure why they would do this... They could have used the development card or for that matter the economic or humanity card," she said.