The day Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Rahul Gandhi shared the stage, BJP president Amit Shah too was in Bengal, mocking the Left-Congress understanding as a nexus and tearing into Trinamool Congress CM Mamata Banerjee in her constituency of Bhabanipur.
“The CPI-M-Congress poll understanding is not a jot (alliance) but a ghot (nexus),” Shah said in Diamond Harbour. “In Bengal, the two parties are in alliance while in Kerala they are opponents. We are waiting to see what these parties do in the Rajya Sabha,” he said. In Bhabanipur, he said, “The alliance proves that these parties have formed it not for any principles but only for their political interests, to retain their seats.”
About Mamata’s government, he said it is worse than the previous Left Front regime. “People voted for change because it was needed after 34 years of misrule by the Left. But after five years we see the TMC government had been worse than the communist regime. Now they want another change.”
Shah alleged the only thing that had flourished during the TMC regime was “syndicate raj”, which was responsible for the flyover collapse that killed 27 persons. “The flyover didn’t fall down due to the wind. It collapsed because of the syndicate… The flyover is a symbol of corruption,” he alleged.
“I don’t know what else Mamata is but the whole country knows that she is a great painter whose work had been sold for over Rs 1 crore, probably bought by those involved in the Saradha scam.”
Urging people to vote for Netaji Subhas Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose, the BJP candidate from Bhabanipur, Shah said, “This is your opportunity to pay tribute to Netaji. Defeating the TMC in this seat can change the whole state as the CM’s loss on her home turf will send the right message across the state.”
If voted to power, Shah promised, the BJP would stop infiltration from neighbouring Bangladesh into West Bengal. “Neither Trinamool nor CPM stopped infiltration of Bangladeshis to India as it is part of their agenda for creating a votebank,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)