Bengali BJP President Dilip Ghosh said controversially on Sunday that those involved in the damage to public property should be "shot" as he believes they were in BJP-ruled states.
At a public meeting in the Nadia district of West Bengal, Dilip Ghosh criticized Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee "opening fire and not indicting" during protests against the Citizenship Change Law (CAA) last December.
"Who do you think the public property they're destroying belongs to? Your father? Public property belongs to taxpayers … They'll come here, eat our food, stay here, and damage public property. Is it your property?" zamindari? We will beat you with lathis, shoot and take you to prison, "said Mr. Ghosh, according to the ANI news agency.
"Didis (Mamata Banerjee) police did nothing against the people who destroyed public property because they are their voters. Our governments in Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka shot these people like dogs," said the BJP leader, adding added the "right thing".
Ghosh also asked to identify those who "sabotage" the interests of the Hindu Bengal, claiming that there are two crore "Muslim infiltrators" in the country. "There is a single crore in West Bengal and Mamata Banerjee is trying to protect it," he said.
The BJP MP attended an event to support the Citizenship Act, which for the first time makes religion a criterion for citizenship.
Protests against the controversial Citizenship Act have broken out nationwide since December last year, making it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizens. Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.