Barasat, May 15 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday accused the West Bengal government of playing the minority "appeasement" card.
At an election rally here in North Parganas district of West Bengal, Yogi said, "In the whole country, Durga Puja and Muharram fell on the same day. In UP, officers asked me, should we change the timing of puja? I said the timing of the puja won't be changed if you want to change the timing, change the timing of Muharram procession."
He slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly fanning violence during Amit Shah's roadshow on Tuesday, saying, "It was a murder of democracy. "
"On Tuesday, TMC goons attacked Amit Shah's roadshow. This is a dangerous warning for democracy and indicates the TMC government's days are numbered. Like West Bengal, six phases of election have also been held in Uttar Pradesh. All the phases were conducted peacefully. But on the other hand, there was widespread violence reported in West Bengal.
"It was a murder of democracy. This move by goons will end the TMC government in the state. In a few days, TMC goons will be searching for shelters to hide their faces. Mamata Banerjee is frustrated which is why she is taking such steps," he said.
The UP Chief Minister alleged that Mamata was trying to block the term 'Ram' in the State and added: "She is emboldening goons."
"TMC government here is very undemocratic. I am sure that after May 23, a nationalist government will be formed and will rule West Bengal," he said.
Earlier, an election rally of Yogi in Phool Bagan area of North Kolkata was cancelled on Wednesday, BJP sources said.
Adityanath was scheduled to address rallies at Habra in North 24 pargana, Phool Bagan in North Kolkata and Behala in South Kolkata.
"Yogi Adityanath's rally in Phool Bagan has been cancelled because the stage has collapsed and decorators were beaten up," a senior BJP leader said.
"When the stage was being set up yesterday, labourers working on it were beaten up and scared away; the stage was vandalised. The public meeting was scheduled for 2 pm today, stage couldn't be repaired. So we had to cancel it," said BJP general secretary and Kolkata North candidate Rahul Sinha.
This comes a day after violent BJP and TMC supporters fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a roadshow by Amit Shah. (UNI)