Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the situation in West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee’s rule is worse than the left regime following which their leaders are joining BJP. He said Mamata Banerjee should introspect that why so many Trinamool Congress leaders are joining the BJP, it is because she has failed to rule the people of the state.
Virtually addressing his party workers in Howrah, he alleged that she is working towards serving her nephew in the state, and will have no one by her side by the time assembly elections are held. He further alleged that Mamata Banerjee government has given free access to infiltrators in West Bengal during his rule.
Drawing a comparison between BJP and Trinamool Congress, he said Modi government is working towards ‘Jan Kalyan’ (serving people) while Mamata Banerjee’s government is working towards ‘Bhatija Kalyan’ (serving her nephew) in Bengal.
Shah said the BJP will bring about the promised change. Shah assured that he would soon come to Bengal. He said that the way people are joining the BJP from Trinamool by the time elections come Mamata Banerjee will be left alone.
Shah was scheduled to visit West Bengal on a two-day visit on Friday, but had to cancel the trip citing unavoidable circumstances and the situation in Delhi.
Referring to Trinamool Congress’ slogan ‘Maa Mati Manush’ (Mother, Land and people), the home minister said that the party actually indulges in extortion, corruption and appeasement. He exuded confidence of forming the next government in the state and takes it on the path of development.
Former Trinamool leaders Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya, Prabir Ghoshal, Rathin Chakraborti and Rudranil Ghosh, who joined BJP last week, attended the rally. Union minister Smriti Irani, West Bengal BJP vice-president Mukul Roy and party’s West Bengal poll in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya were also present in the rally at Dumurjala stadium.
Addressing his first rally after joining BJP, Rajib Banerjee said, the people of Bengal doesn’t want double engine government and want the BJP government at both the Centre and state. Rajib Banerjee had recently quit as Bengal minister and joined the BJP. Another former Trinamool leader Suvendu Adhikari who had recently joined the BJP, said by February 28 nobody will be left in Banerjee’s party.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the party won 18 of the 42 seats, now the BJP has set a target of winning more than 200 seats in the 294-seat legislative assembly. Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are expected in April-May this year. BJP is seeking to come to power in the state and has been extensively campaigning over the past few months.