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Mamata Banerjee trying to save nephew: Amit Shah

Both PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, in all their recent rallies, have been using the 'bua-bhatija' barb to directly target CM Banerjee.

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May 13, 2019, 11.21 PM IST
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Shah, in his rally, yet again attacked the bhatija — Abhishek Banerjee, who is also a Trinamool leader.
Kolkata: Attacking West Bengal Chief Minister over denial of permission to hold a rally in Jadavpur in Kolkata, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Monday said she is trying to save her 'nephew' and that’s why she didn’t allow the rally.

Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, in all their recent rallies, have been using the 'bua-bhatija' barb to directly target chief minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly pushing her nephew to the helm of affairs. While they are attacking the Gandhi family by calling it a family of 'dynasts', in West Bengal, BJP is accusing Banerjee of nepotism. Banerjee, however, dismissed such allegations and took the battle to the PM . “Modi travelled to Pakistan and met the Prime Minister there secretly, but he calls all of us Pakistanis,” Banerjee said.

Shah, in his rally, yet again attacked the bhatija — Abhishek Banerjee, who is also a Trinamool leader — saying people do not take tax on other names.

“Now, people only collect tax on bhatija’s name,” he said. Shah also touched upon a contentious issue, alleging she doesn’t even allow visarjan of Durga Puja. (in 2017, Banerjee had postponed visarjan by two days because it clashed with Muharrum) “I challenge her to arrest me as I am chanting Jai Shree Ram. In Islampur, two of our young members were killed because they wanted to study Bangla, and not Urdu. What was their fault?” he asked.

Banerjee, however, criticised Shah of polarising the people. “I have never seen such a divisive leader. I can chant Durga mantra standing in an area that is dominated by my Muslim brothers. What kind of appeasement are they talking about? When a bullet was fired at me by miscreants, Akhtar Ali saved me and took the bullet himself, and Mohan took me to hospital. I cannot forget both of them — both are my brothers.”
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