Launching a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah accused her of heading a government that is mired in scams, one after the other. He was addressing a rally at Mayo Road in the heart of Kolkata on Saturday. In his speech, Shah targeted Mamata on an array of issues ranging from her stand on National Register of Citizens, illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators to curbing freedom of the press.
Here are the top takeaways from his speech:
1) Shah hit out at Mamata Banerjee for opposing the National register of Citizens in Assam. He said NRC is the only way to stop infiltration from Bangladesh and accused her of compromising the interests of Indians in Assam and West Bengal for her vote bank politics.
2) Speaking about the BJP’s political ambitions, Shah said, “Let me announce from this stage that our victories in 70 per cent of the country are meaningless unless we have a BJP government in the land of Syama Prasad Mukherjee.”
3) He also indicated that the party is not merely targeting the 2019 Lok Sabha election, but also has plans for 2021 when the state will face assembly polls. He said it is time that BJP works towards uprooting the TMC from West Bengal.
4) To execute the party’s plans, Shah said he will visit all districts in the state to propagate the party’s vision. “The victory chariot of NJP cannot be stopped in Bengal,” he said.
5) Shah reiterated his allegation that the Mamata Banerjee government was trying to create obstacles against his rally in Kolkata. Last month he had said that the Kolkata Police was deliberately denying him permission to hold a rally in the city, a charge vehemently refuted by the TMC.
6) The BJP president accused Mamata Banerjee of asking all Bengali news channels not to broadcast his rally in Kolkata.
7) He alleged that ever since Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister of West Bengal, the state has seen scam after scam. To bolster his argument, he cited the example of Narda scam and Sharda chit-fund scam.
(With inputs from Romita Datta in Kolkata)