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TMC threatens legal action against Amit Shah over ‘media blackout’ barb

The Trinamool Congress threatened to take legal action against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah for delivering “blatant lies” about West Bengal and the state government in a rally held on Saturday.

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The Trinamool Congress threatened to take legal action against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah for delivering “blatant lies” about West Bengal and the state government in a rally held on Saturday.

Addressing reporters Derek O’Brien, the TMC MP in the Rajya Sabha, termed Shah’s rally at Mayo Road today a “flop show”. He also refuted the BJP chief’s allegation that TMC had forced Bengali channels not to telecast Shah’s address.

“Amit Shah’s meeting was a flop show, he has insulted Bengal today. He doesn’t understand the culture of Bengal and even insulted it with his blatant lies. If he doesn’t apologise within next 72 hours we will take legal action against him,” O’Brien was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Trinamool Congress posted a tweet from its official Twitter handle counter-accusing the BJP of resorting to “blackmail” and “blackouts”.

“BJP have just concluded another flop show in #Bangla After the flop meeting BJP are looking for excuses. They are saying their meeting was blacked out. Black outs and blackmailing is what BJP do. Don’t insult the media. All showed. We challenge BJP. Either they prove it or resign,” read the tweet.

 

Shah, who addressed the rally at Mayo Road in the city today, criticised the ruling TMC for blacking out news channels which covered his programme.

“You can blackout channels, but our BJP workers will carry my message to every corner of the state,” he said at the meeting.

He also cornered both West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the issue of illegal immigration.

Addressing the thousands who turned out at the BJP chief’s ‘Yuva Swabhiman Samavesh’ on a hot and humid afternoon, Shah urged the gathering to uproot the TMC government and bring BJP to power for progress, safety and security of West Bengal.

Shah accused TMC of spreading falsehoods on Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) and assured that the contentious move is not aimed at sending back genuine refugees but only the illegal immigrants.

Read More: Amit Shah asks Mamata Banerjee to clear stand on illegal immigration

Responding to posters of ‘BJP Go Back’, Shah countered TMC’s accusation that the saffron party was anti-Bengal.

“How can we be anti-Bangla when our founder Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was himself a Bengali? We are not ‘Bangla-virodhi’ but we are certainly ‘Mamata-virodhi’,” Shah said.