Kolkata, Mar 2 : Taking strong exception to "goli maro" comment, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday warned of strict action against those who had raised it. " I have seen some people raising the slogan which is illegal.
Law will take its own course. This is Kolkata, not Delhi, so action will be taken, " Ms Banerjee asserted. Ms Banerjee also inaugurated Trinamool Congress’ latest programme, named ‘Banglar Gorbo Mamata’ during a party workers’ event at Netaji Indoor Stadium here, following a mass reading of the Constitution.
It will continue till May 10 next. The prime elements of Banglar Gorbo Mamata: Karmi Sabha (workers’ meetings) Jalajoge Jogajog (meeting people over tea and snacks), Swikriti Sammelan (recognition of work done for the party through commemoration programmes), Bangadhwani Yatra (travelling across Bangla carrying the message of Trinamool), Sanhati Sabha (unity meetings),Chetana Sabha (conscience meetings), Banglar Barta (mass-contact programmes taking the message of the party to people across Bangla), Nabinbaran Sabha (freshers’ welcome), Bishishto Sammelan (meetings with prominent members of society), Trinamooler Sathe Manyojon (Trinamool with respected persons) and Trinamool Padatik Sammelan (meetings with foot soldiers).
Meanwhile, three BJP activists, accused of making inflammatory slogan " Goli Maro" on their way to attend Union Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in the city on Sunday, have been arrested under various sections. The city police during the night-long raids after identifying the trio from CCTV footage arrested them from various parts of the city.
The accused persons, identified as Surendra Kumar Tiwary, Dhurab Bose and Pankaj Prasad. All of them are members of BJP's lawyers cell. They have been arrested from New Market, Haridebpur and Bhowanipur, central and south Kolkata respectively. They were arrested under sections of 153A, 505, 506 and 34. Police said all the three accused would be produced before the Bankshall Court for judicial process. TV footage showed that a section of BJP supporters on way to attend Amit Shah meeting at the Shahid Minar were shouting slogans " Goli Maro Saalon Ko", an "inflammatory" shouting which had already rocked the national capital.
CPI(M) leader Md Salim condemned such slogan and alleged it was for the first time the city witnessed such "inflammatory canvassing." " All it took was one visit of Amit Shah to spread the "Goli Maaro Saalon Ko" slogan in Kolkata," he tweeted. "The followers of Godse might be impressed with "Goli" but Bengal is the land of Vivekananda, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Tagore," he added. The left parties and Congress had launched protest march across the city on Sunday and shouted slogans " Go back Amit Shah." (UNI)