Stating that he can sense “massive public anger against the Mamata Banerjee government” in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the days of the Trinamool Congress government are numbered and that the BJP will come to power with a two-third majority in the Assembly polls next year.
West Bengal is scheduled to go to polls in the next six months.
“I want to appeal to the people of Bengal to uproot the TMC government and give the BJP an opportunity to form the next government. We will transform the state into Sonar Bangla (golden Bengal),” he said.
On a two-day visit to the state, Shah landed in Kolkata on Wednesday night and arrived in Bankura, on the western part of the state, on Thursday noon. He began his visit by garlanding the statue of Birsa Munda, a freedom fighter who came from the Munda tribe. Munda is an icon among the people of the region, including neighbouring districts and in Jharkhand and Bihar.
Bankura has a large concentration of people from tribal communities, and the BJP had won both Parliamentary seats in the district in 2019.
Shah told the media: “I am in West Bengal since last night and can sense the massive public anger against the Mamata Banerjee government. We are confident of bringing in change in the state under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Banerjee government has stopped benefits of Central schemes reaching the tribal people, the poor, the farmers, and people from the backward classes in Bengal.
“If Mamata Banerjee thinks that by stopping implementation of Central schemes in Bengal she will stop the BJP, then she is mistaken. The way the state government has oppressed BJP workers here, I am confident that the death knell has begun for the TMC government.”
He said: “The tribal people of Bengal are not getting benefit of housing schemes started by the Centre. The poor are not getting healthcare schemes and the farmers are not getting the annual aid of Rs 6,000. If you (Banerjee) let these people enjoy the benefits of these schemes, they may at least spare some thoughts for you.”
After the garlanding ceremony, Shah held an internal meeting with party workers and leaders from 13 districts to chalk out strategies for the next year’s Vidhan Sabha polls.
Later, the Home Minister had lunch at the home of party worker Bibhishan Hansda in tribal-dominated Chaturdihi village, near Bankura town. He was accompanied by Lok Sabha MP and West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Union minister Debashree Chaudhuri, party’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national vice-president Mukul Roy, party MP Saumitra Khan and senior leader Rahul Sinha, among others.
Shah was offered a traditional Bengali vegetarian meal by the Hansda family and spent some time with them. “Had amazing Bengali food at Shri Vivishan Hansda ji’s home in Chaturdhi village. No words can express their warmth and hospitality,” the Home Minister tweeted.
Shah later returned to Rabindra Bhawan in Bankura town for another round of meetings with various social groups and members of civil society. After the meeting, Shah also met senior officials of the CRPF.
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