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CAA agitators ‘shot like dogs’, says Dilip Ghosh, sparks row | India News

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KOLKATA: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh’s comment on Sunday that “anti-CAA protesters were shot like dogs in BJP-ruled states” has kicked up a major controversy and put his party at unease.

Ghosh slammed CM Mamata Banerjee “for not opening fire and ordering lathi-charge” on those destroying public property during anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests across the state. “Didi’s police didn’t take action against those who destroyed public property as they are her voters. Our governments in UP, Assam and Karnataka shot these people like dogs.”

The comment drew criticism from his party colleagues and political rivals. Union minister Babul Supriyo was the first BJP neta to distance the party from Ghosh’s statement. “BJP as a party has nothing to do with what Ghosh may have said. It is a figment of his imagination, and BJP governments in UP, Assam have never ever resorted to shooting people for whatever reason whatsoever. Very irresponsible of Dilipda to have said what he said,” he said.

Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta shared Supriyo’s “irresponsible of Dilipda” tweet but refrained from commenting. However, an unfazed Ghosh claimed his comment was in tune with his party line. At a Midnapore court, he said: “Whatever I have said is what the party’s stand is. If we get a chance in Bengal, we will handle it in a similar way.”

Reacting to Ghosh’s remark, Mamata said: “One political leader is saying that police should open fire (on vandals)… This cannot happen in Bengal. We will not let this happen in Bengal. Those who are provoking (people) should bear the responsibility for these actions. Bengal has not yet become UP or Gujarat. Protesters have been shot in UP and Karnataka.”

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