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Featured Image: Nitin Gadkari addressing the BJP rally at Buniadpur in South Dinajpur on Monday. Photo courtesy: BJP

By A Newsman

Balurghat, 18 January: UNION minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “sheltering criminals” at the cost of law and order in West Bengal.

Gadkari was speaking at a public rally organised by the BJP at Buniadpur in South Dinajpur district this afternoon. BJP called for the rally to protest the 03 January violence at Kaliachak in Malda by a section of the Muslim population there.

Targeting Mamata Banerjee, the Union minister said: “When you took oath as the Chief Minister, you had sworn to protect the civilians. But now you are not protecting the civilians, rather you are protecting criminals, who are looting and burning police stations and indulging in violence.”

Gadkari questioned the Trinamool government for “not taking any action” against those involved in the attack and arson at Kaliachak police station. “Who are these criminals? Who are these infiltrators?” he asked.

The BJP leader summed up that Mamata government was engaging in appeasement of a particular section with an eye on the “vote bank politics” so to win the coming Assembly polls at any cost.

Gadkari announced that if the BJP was voted to power in Bengal, it would take exemplary step against the “criminals and infiltrators.” He maintained that BJP could only facilitate all-round development of West Bengal without compromising on the internal security.

The rally was also addressed by BJP national general secretaries in-charge of West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya, and Siddharth Nath Singh, apart from several state level leaders.

BJP had originally planned the rally in Malda but the state government declined permission citing law and order concern.