‘Goli maaro…’ slogan raised at BJP leader’s rally in West Bengal
The provocative “goli maaro..” slogan was raised at a rally led by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in Chandannagar area of Hooghly district in West Bengal
The provocative “goli maaro..” slogan was raised at a rally led by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in Chandannagar area of Hooghly district in West Bengal. The slogan — “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro…” — was raised by a few BJP cadres, carrying the party flag along with the Indian tricolour while they were trailing a truck carrying Adhikari and Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee in the Rathtala area of the city.
Earlier on Tuesday, a similar slogan of “Bengal ke gaddaron ko, goli maaaron saalon ko” was raised at a Trinamool Congress rally in south Kolkata with party activists calling for “shooting” the traitors of Bengal, in an apparent reference to the leaders who have switched over to the BJP.
State BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya, however, said the party does not endorse these kind of slogans. The BJP spokesperson said that the slogan raised at the Chandannagar rally was aimed at terrorists, plotting against the country, while the Trinamool Congress men openly threatened the leaders who have left the party, branding them as traitors.
“There is a difference between the two incidents but we disapprove of such slogans in our rally,” Bhattacharya said.
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that though he condemns the slogan raised at the south Kolkata rally, the BJP needs to answer whether it wants to shoot the people opposed to its ideology.
“The BJP men are asking the Army to shoot the traitors. Does the BJP want to shoot the people opposed to their ideology?” he said.
This is the second time that the "Goli Maaro" slogan has been raised in Kolkata in the past one year. On March 2 last year, BJP supporters heading for an Amit Shah rally in central Kolkata had chanted the slogan. At least four supporters had later been arrested by Kolkata Police on the basis of video footage of them shouting the slogan.
The slogan first made headlines when it was controversially chanted by BJP leaders in rallies in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act amid nationwide protests against it.