Mamata will chant 'Jai Shree Ram' by end of polls: Shah

Bengal polls: Mamata Banerjee will chant 'Jai Shree Ram' by the time polls are over, says Amit Shah

The Union Home Minister said that Banerjee gets angry at 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans because she wants to appease a particular section of people

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah. Credit: Twitter/@BJP4Bengal

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Thursday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will  begin chanting 'Jai Shree Ram' by the time the upcoming assembly polls get over.

Shah, while addressing a rally in North Bengal as part of the saffron party's ongoing 'Parivartan Yatra', said that Banerjee gets angry at 'Jai Shree Ram' slogan.

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"If 'Jai Shree Ram' is not chanted in India, will it be chanted in Pakistan? You get angry over it because you want to appease a particular section of people for vote bank politics," Shah said.

On January 23, Banerjee had refused to speak at a programme, held to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, following slogans of “Jai Shree Ram” raised by a section of the audience.

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An angry Mamata had said that one should not insult someone after inviting that person and left the podium in a huff. The incident happened in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shah flagged off the fourth of the five 'Parivartan Yatras' planned by the BJP ahead of the assembly polls and said that the yatras are not for changing a chief minister, MLA or minister but ending inflitration and transforming the condition of West Bengal.

The union minister also said that the BJP is ready to take on the "goons" of the ruling TMC and that the upcoming assembly poll would be a contest between the "vikas (development) model" of the Narendra Modi government and Mamata Banerjee's "vinash (destruction) model".

(With inputs from PTI)