New Delhi, Jan 18, 2020: West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has said people opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are spineless parasitic devils, India Today reported.
"The intellectuals who are opposing Citizenship Amendment Act are spineless, they are devils and parasites," Dilip Ghosh was quoted as saying in Howrah by news agency ANI.
This comment comes days after Dilip Ghosh courted a major controversy by threatening to shoot and kill those involved in damaging public property "like the way it was done in Uttar Pradesh".
Addressing a public meeting in West Bengal’s Nadia district, Dilip Ghosh came down heavily on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee "for not opening fire and ordering lathicharge" on those destroying railway property and public transport during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the state in December last year.
"Who do they think the public property that they are destroying belongs to? Their father? Public property belongs to the taxpayers. You (Mamata) do not say anything because they are your voters. In Assam and Uttar Pradesh, our government has shot these people like dogs," Ghosh had said.
Dilip Ghosh’s comments received criticism from not only the Opposition but also his own party.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo had said that it was "very irresponsible of Dilip da to have said what he said".
"BJP has nothing to do with what Dilip Ghosh may have said. It is a figment of his imagination and BJP governments in UP and Assam have never resorted to shooting people for whatever reason whatsoever," BJP’s Babul Supriyo said on Monday.