FactCheck: Amit Shah caught lying on Bharat Mata Ji Jai claims in Bengal


BJP President Amit Shah is back in news again after his party claimed that the West Bengal government had not allowed his helicopter to land in Jhargram a day after he addressed his inaugural election rally in Malda.

While addressing a gathering in Malda, Shah had courted controversy for his blatant bigotry and seeking votes by invoking religion as he promised to give citizenship to ‘every Hindu Bangladeshi’ under the Citizenship Amendment Bill. He said, “I want to assure every Biddhist, Hindu and Christians to not worry. We will give citizenship to every Hindu Bangladeshi under the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Nobody will be ignored. Whether they are Buddhists, Sikhs or Christians. Those, who have come from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, this government by BJP’s Narendra Modi will give them citizenship.”

Shah also accused the opposition leaders, who had recently gathered at Kolkata’s historic Brigade Parade Ground, of not chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Shah made the claim in a bid to drive home a point that the political parties joining hands against the BJP were less patriotic. He asked, “Did you hear even a single chant of Vandematram and Bharat Mata ki Jai in that rally?”

However, Shah’s claims turned out to be fake as Janta Ka Reporter found that several leaders attending the 19 January rally in Kolkata had chanted Bharat Mata Ki Jai. They included patidar leader from Gujarat Hardik Patel and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was the organiser of the rally.

Patel had concluded his speech with Bharat Mata Ki Jai, while Banerjee ended her speech by chanting Vande Mataram three times. She even turned to her guests to say that she respected those who chanted Inquilab Zindabad. You can watch the video below.

Our fact check has found Amit Shah to be lying on this occasion.