Bengal needs a patriotic govt that doesn’t save the Burdwan blast culprits: Amit Shah

Amit Shah alleged that CM Mamata Banerjee was blocking NIA probe to save accused TMC leaders accused in Saradha scam.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: December 1, 2014 10:56 am
BJP President Amit Shah. (Source: PTI photo) BJP President Amit Shah. (Source: PTI photo)

‘I am Amit Shah, a BJP worker. I have come to Bengal to uproot the TMC,” said the BJP president as he took on the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government here on Sunday.

Accusing the Chief Minister of shielding the guilty in the Saradha scam, Shah further alleged a link between the Saradha scam and the October 2 Burdwan blast.

Addressing a rally here, he said, “Saradha chit fund money was used in the Burdwan blast. The NIA is not being allowed to probe the blast properly. Hurdles are being created. It is being done in order to save TMC leaders who are involved in the blast.”

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He said that while Mamata had led protests to support those whose land was acquired in Singur, she was not bothered about the 17 lakh investors who lost their money in the Saradha scam. “Who bought your paintings? Why was the Shyamal Sen Commission scrapped? Did the TMC leaders benefit from Saradha or not? Why are you shielding the accused in the Saradha case and the Burdwan blast case?” he asked.

Referring to the protests by TMC MPs outside Parliament over black money, he said: “What do TMC and Mamata Banerjee have to say about the money siphoned off in the Saradha scam? Was that black money or white money?”

amit-shah BJP MP Chandan Mitra, S S Ahluwalia, Siddharth Nath Singh, National President Amit Shah and state president Rahul Sinha during the Uprising day Rally in Kolkata on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha victory march would culminate with the BJP’s victory in the Bengal Assembly polls due in 2016. “Our mission is to make Bengal a TMC-free state, and looking at the huge gathering I am sure that the coundown for the Mamata-led TMC government has begun,” he said.

“Bengal needs a government which is patriotic, which doesn’t save the culprits of the Burdwan blast, which does not indulge in corruption,” said Shah.

“The state is lagging behind in areas of health, education, law and order. There are about 16,000 unemployed tea workers. The state has all the potential and Narendra Modi wants its development too, but Mamata will not allow that to happen. To make it happen, you must help BJP form a government here so that it can work in tandem with the central government,” he said. “In 2015, you must resolve to uproot the TMC.”

Responding to Mamata’s jibe at him, Shah said a few days back she wanted to know who Amit Shah is. “Didi, If you can see… if you can hear… I am Amit Shah… a small worker of BJP who has come to Bengal to uproot the TMC from here.”

Among the other party leaders who addressed the gathering were Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo, BJP national secretary and the party’s central observer for Bengal Siddarth Nath Singh, and State BJP president Rahul Sinha.

Earlier, the state authorities had denied permission for the rally at the venue, prompting the BJP to move the Calcutta High Court. The nod from the Kolkata Municipal Commission came only on Saturday, after the court appointed two special officers to oversee the arrangement.

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