Under PM Modi, the country has a “proactive defense policy,” says Amit Shah

Interior Minister Amit Shah spoke today at an NSG event in Calcutta.

Kolkata:

Interior Minister Amit Shah said today that national security guards should instill fear in people who “want to divide the nation and stop its peace.” “If they still arrive, it is the responsibility of the national security team to fight and defeat them,” he added as he spoke at a national security team event in Calcutta.

“Now, after Modi-ji has become the Prime Minister, we have developed a proactive defense policy separate from foreign policy,” he added, adding that India has now joined the league of countries like the United States and Israel in realization of surgical attacks.

“We want peace around the world. In our 10,000-year history, India has never attacked anyone. We would not even allow anyone to interrupt our peace and anyone who takes the life of soldiers will have to pay dearly,” he said. added.

The minister’s comments come against the backdrop of the three-day violence in Delhi, which caused 43 victims earlier this week.

Shah, who landed in Calcutta this morning amid protests against his presence, is expected to launch the BJP campaign for the upcoming municipal elections to be held in April. All eyes are on what he could say about violence in a demonstration to be held tonight in the heart of the city.

The state opposition CPM and Congress criticized Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee for allowing the rally at a time when political activities are limited due to ongoing council reviews.

They also attacked the prime minister for not condemning the Delhi clashes when he met Amit Shah for a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

The minister, who started the day with the NSG event in Rajarhat, said the government had decided to expand NSG’s network after the Mumbai attacks. “The NSG has gradually shown its presence across the country gradually. After today’s inauguration, coordination will only improve,” he added.

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Union Interior Minister Amit Shah will launch West Bengal’s BJP campaign today for a big ticket in municipal elections

Amit Shah will launch Bengal's BJP campaign today for high-value local surveys

All eyes are on what Amit Shah could say at the demonstration on Delhi violence this week for the CAA

Kolkata:

While Northeast Delhi appears to be returning to a kind of normalcy, Interior Minister Amit Shah will visit Calcutta today to kick off the BJP campaign for municipal elections in April across West Bengal with an eye to the grand prize: 2021 Assembly polls.

At a demonstration in Shahid Minar for which Mr. Shah will turn, he will launch the BJP campaign song that attacks the Congress of Trinamool.

The title of the song is “Aar Noy Onnyaye” or “No More Injustice”.

All eyes are on what Shah might say at the Delhi violence demonstration sparked this week by the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Neither he nor Prime Minister Narendra Modi have talked about it in their public programs so far in Bhubaneswar and Prayagraj respectively in the past two days.

Just as they did when the Prime Minister visited Kolkata in January at the height of the anti-CAA turmoil, students from the Left and Congress will hold protests against Amit Shah across the city.

The Federation of Left Indian Students will hold protests near the airport and outside a shopping center in southern Calcutta. Congress Chatra Parishad will protest Swami Vivekananda’s statue on College Street.

During the Prime Minister’s visit, the demonstrators had not been able to enter the premises of his programs. Chatra Parishad activists managed to hold a short black flag demonstration outside the Netaji Indoor stadium when the prime minister arrived for an event.

However, the PM had mainly traveled by helicopter and boat while in Calcutta, in strict safety.

Opposition parties in the state, the CPM and Congress have criticized Mamata Banerjee for allowing the BJP rally at a time when political activities are limited due to ongoing council reviews.

They also attacked the prime minister for not condemning the Delhi clashes when he met Amit Shah for a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

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Indian riots: Donald Trump’s visit coincides with protests over the citizenship law

Clashes over a controversial citizenship law brought the capital of India for a second day – coinciding with a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump – while the death toll rose to at least nine.

There have been widespread protests since the law that the critics say is anti-Muslim was passed in mid-December, with over 25 people killed.

“There have been nine confirmed deaths,” said Guru Teg Bahadur hospital official Rajesh Kalra.

People watch the car burn during clashes between hundreds of supporters and opponents of a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India. Image: AP
media_cameraPeople watch the car burn during clashes between hundreds of supporters and opponents of a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India. Image: AP

He said 31 people, including 10 who were seriously injured, were taken to the New Delhi hospital.

Senior policeman Alok Kumar said officers were still receiving reports of violence.

“Protesters are attacking the police wherever they are present and collide with each other where the police are not present,” added Kumar.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) speaks during a meeting with United States President Donald Trump at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Image: AFP
media_cameraIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) speaks during a meeting with United States President Donald Trump at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Image: AFP

One of those killed on Monday was a policeman, said a senior officer.

Further riots were reported on Tuesday, with a large plume of black smoke rising into the sky.

NDTV said three of its journalists and a cameraman were attacked by a crowd of 20 million people on the northeastern edge of the megalopolis.

‚ÄúThere is hardly any police presence in the area. Rioters rush to threaten people, vandalize stores, “said a resident of the poor and migrant neighborhood of Maujpur Trust of India print.

A crowd throws stones at the police as smoke rises from the burning buildings following the violence between two groups in New Delhi, India. Image: AP
media_cameraA crowd throws stones at the police as smoke rises from the burning buildings following the violence between two groups in New Delhi, India. Image: AP

Delhi’s prime minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who visited a hospital where the wounded were treated, asked for calm.

National Interior Minister Amit Shah, whose ministry controls law and order in the capital region, met with senior officials from the Delhi government and promised to deploy more police officers if needed, Kejriwal said.

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