Kolkata, August 11: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal threatened local media operators to black out party chief Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata. "Signals of all Bengali channels have been lowered so that people will not be able to watch us," BJP President Amit Shah said while addressing the Yuva Swabhiman Samavesh Rally in Kolkata.
He added that even if the Mamata government tried to block them, they would go to every district to uproot the Trinamool Congress (TMC) from West Bengal. "But even if you try to suppress our voices, we will go to every district of Bengal and throw TMC out," Shah said.
Reliable sources confirm #SitiCable owner Sri.Suresh Sethia was threatened yesterday& forced to BlackOut Prime Bengali News Channels Blocking the Live Telecast of Sri @AmitShah ji’s Rally&Speech•It didn’t work cuz National Channels r reaching it LIVE to the Hearts of WB•#TMছিঃ
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) August 11, 2018
BJP MP Babul Supriyo also tweeted that he had "confirmed information" of such an act by West Bengal government. "Reliable sources confirm Siti Cable owner Sri Suresh Sethia was threatened yesterday and forced to BlackOut Prime Bengali News Channels Blocking the Live Telecast of Sri Amit Shah ji’s Rally & Speech. It didn’t work because National Channels are reaching it LIVE to the Hearts of WB (sic)," Supriyo tweeted.
Shah on Saturday took on Mamata Banerjee, targeting her for politicising the NRC list issue. Shah, at the very beginning of his speech, said that "I have come here to oppose the TMC and Mamata Banerjee."