The slogan had triggered a massive row last year after a Delhi BJP leader raised it days ahead of the January 2020 riots in the national capital.

Street-level politics in poll-bound West Bengal taken a turn for the worse with three BJP workers.

Arrested today for raising provocative slogans calling for violence. Yesterday’s sloganeering came a day after similar calls were made by Trinamool supporters during a march in Kolkata. While neither party has endorsed the practice.

The incidents have only added to the already acrimonious political atmosphere in the state.

The three BJP supporters arrested today for shouting “Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko, Goli Maaro Saalon Ko” (Shoot the country’s traitors) at a rally in Chandannagar area of Hooghly district yesterday.

The sloganeering BJP cadres, carrying the party flag along with the Indian Tricolour, were trailing a truck carrying BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari and Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee in the Rathtala area of Chandannagar, according to a PTI report.

Mr Adhikari, till recently a cabinet minister in West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s government, shifted loyalties to the BJP in December 2020.”Goli Maro slogans are unacceptable. The BJP is trying to provoke people”.

The BJP has, however, said the slogan aimed at the nation’s traitors “some of whom in the Trinamool Congress”. State spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said the party does not endorse it. Yet, he sought to differentiate it from the one raised on Tuesday during a South Kolkata Trinamool march.

During that event, TMC members targeted “Bengal’s traitors” instead of “the nation’s”. Party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh, too, condemned the slogan, PTI reported.

“Such a slogan should not have raised from the rally…The words goli maro (shoot) should not be taken literally,” Mr Ghosh said.

In March 2020, three BJP supporters arrested for raising the same slogan.

While heading for Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata.

The slogan triggered a massive row across India last year.

After a Delhi BJP leader raised it days ahead of the January 2020 riots in the national capital.