BJP President Amit Shah on Monday (Jan 21) hit out at Mamata Banerjee stating she ruined the state with ‘politics of appeasement’.
“On my two days visit to West Bengal, I will address public meetings in Malda (on Jan 22) & Jhargram (on Jan 23). BJP, under the leadership of PM Modi, is committed to restore the pride of West Bengal, which is ruined by Mamata Didi’s politics of appeasement,” he said in a tweet.
On my two days visit to West Bengal, I will address public meetings in Malda (on 22nd Jan) & Jhargram (on 23rd Jan).— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) January 21, 2019
BJP, under the leadership of PM Modi, is committed to restore the pride of West Bengal, which is ruined by Mamata Didi's politics of appeasement. #BJP4SonarBangla pic.twitter.com/DPpPKpTdim
Speaking to the reporters, state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said “Amit ji’s first rally will be held on January 22 at Malda district. On January 23, he will address two rallies in Jhargram and in Suri in Birbhum district. On January 24, we will request a union minister (probably Smriti Irani because Amit ji is not well) to address public meetings at Krishnanagar in Nadia district and Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district.”
He added, “Initially, there was a plan to hold Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meet at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground (where Mamata Banerjee held a rally on January 19). But central leadership feel that time is too short to organise such a rally. Therefore, we have decided to organise three separate rallies at Siliguri, Thakuragar (North 24-Parganas) and in Asansol on January 28, January 31 and on February 8 where our PM will address public meetings.”
The BJP had earlier accused the state government of putting hurdles in the political programmes of its top leaders including Shah, by either denying or delaying them permission to hold rallies in the state.
The saffron party also accused Banerjee govt of denying permission for landing BJP President’s helicopter in the Malda district.
Responding to the BJP’s allegations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Permission was not given at the Malda airstrip due to security reasons. The police gave permission to land his chopper at another place (in Malda). These are security issues. It happened with me also several times. They are misleading people.”
Union Minister Piyush Goyal had said Mamata Banerjee is scared of BJP’s growing popularity and also added that the days of her government are numbered.
While Shah has claimed that the BJP will win 22 seats of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming general elections. The saffron party had won only 2 states in 2014.
BJP President has been recently discharged from AIIMS hospital after being diagnosed with Swine Flu.
BJP President addressed public meating in Malda-