In an attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after a row over chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the state, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said he wondered if the Lord’s name cannot be taken in India, will it be uttered in Pakistan.
Speaking at an election rally in West Bengal’s Ghatal, he said that polls in West Bengal were to restore democracy in the state, where the BJP will win “more than 23 seats” out of the total 42 Lok Sabha seats.
“Lord Ram is a part of the culture of India… Can anybody stop people from taking his name? I want to ask Mamata didi, if Shri Ram’s name is not taken in India, will it be chanted in Pakistan?” Mr Shah said.
A viral video showed Ms Banerjee stopping her car and asking those raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans to come talk to her. But they were seen fleeing.
The BJP chief reiterated his party’s resolve to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal to flush out illegal migrants from Bangladesh.