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Amit Shah in West Bengal Highlights: Political violence at its peak in Bengal, 300 BJP workers killed, says Home Minister

Amit Shah West Bengal Visit Today Highlights: Ending weeks of speculations, West Bengal political heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari along with nine MLAs of different parties and a TMC MP joined the BJP at Amit Shah's rally in Midnapore.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata, New Delhi | Updated: December 20, 2020 8:59:48 pm
Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Bolpur on Sunday.

Amit Shah West Bengal Visit Live Updates: Hitting out at Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, Union Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that political violence has reached its peak in Bengal and around 300 BJP workers have been killed under her tenure. Condemning the attack on BJP national president J P Nadda last week, he said BJP believes that in a democracy everyone should have the right to voice their views. “I want to tell all TMC leaders that they must not be under the wrong impression that the BJP will stop with such attacks. We will work to establish our base in West Bengal,” he warned while speaking at a press conference in Bengal.

Shah said the people of Bengal want change in the state to end political violence, extortion and Bangladeshi infiltration. Overwhelmed by the huge turnout in his roadshow in Bolpur, Shah said he had never seen such a roadshow in his life and this shows people’s love towards PM Modi and anger towards Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

He also visited Visva-Bharati and paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra Bhavan on the university campus. Shah, who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, paid floral tributes to Tagore at Rabindra Bhavan on the university campus. Amid tight security, the home minister arrived here for more than an hour-and-a-half-long visit to the central university. He is also scheduled to hold a meeting with vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and members of the faculty.

Sending out a warning to CM Banerjee, Shah Saturday said the BJP will win more than 200 seats in next year’s state Assembly elections. Pointing out desertions from TMC, Shah took potshots at the party chief, saying that CM Mamata Banerjee will be left alone in the party by the time elections arrive.

Ending weeks of speculations, West Bengal political heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari along with nine MLAs of different parties and a TMC MP joined the BJP at Shah’s rally in Midnapore. The Home Minister visited the birthplace of Swami Vivekananda in north Kolkata on Saturday morning and said that the ideals of the 19th-century icon are more relevant in the present-day world. He also visited the Siddheshwari Kali Mandir in Habibpur and paid floral tributes to the revolutionary Khudiram Bose. He is also scheduled to have lunch with a farmer’s family in Balichuri village along with BJP leaders. After the public meeting, he will return to Kolkata and hold meetings with BJP state leaders.

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Track below for all the latest updates on Amit Shah's visit to West Bengal.

18:14 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Bengal at the bottom of every development index: Amit Shah

Bengal at the bottom of every development index, says Amit Shah. Hitting out at Mamata Banerjee, Shah said, "Does Mamata didi want a country where people from one state can't go to the other? People of Bengal won't accept such conservative thinking." 

17:58 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Political violence at its peak in Bengal, 300 BJP workers killed: Amit Shah

Hitting out at Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, Union Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday said that political violence has reached its peak in Bengal and around 300 BJP workers have been killed under her tenure.

17:29 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Amit Shah thanked people for showing 'amazing affection'

Amit Shah thanked people for the showing "amazing affection" in Bolpur roadshow.

17:00 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Defections will not have any impact on TMC's poll prospects: Subrata Mukherjee

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday said there was no need to be too anxious over the recent defections from the party, as "traitors and backstabbers have existed since time immemorial", reported news agency PTI. Addressing a press meet in Kolkata, state panchayat minister and TMC MLA Subrata Mukherjee said his party is neither shocked nor crestfallen, as such desertions "wouldn't have any impact" on the upcoming assembly polls, likely to be held in April-May. The TMC does not give much importance to such developments, he said, and rejected BJP's "absurd claims" of winning 250 of 294 seats the the state polls.

16:36 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Amit Shah promises 'Sonar bangla in five years'

"Give one chance to Narendra Modi. We will make 'Sonar Bangla' in 5 years," Amit Shah at a roadshow in Bolpur.

16:07 (IST)20 Dec 2020
'Never seen such roadshow in my life': Amit Shah on huge turnout in his roadshow in Bolpur

"Have never seen such roadshow in my life. Witnessing people's love for Modiji," says Amit Shah.

16:04 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Sea of people in Amit Shah's roadshow

A sea of people with cutouts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends Amit Shah's roadshow in Bolpur.

15:20 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Amit Shah holds roadshow in Bolpur

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday held a roadshow in Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

15:06 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Committed to fulfilling Tagors's dream, restore lost glory of Bengal: Amit Shah

Amit Shah visited Sangeet Bhavana in Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Sharing some snaps of his visit, Shah tweeted, "Committed to fulfilling Tagors's dream, restore lost glory of Bengal."

14:59 (IST)20 Dec 2020
In Santiniketan, a baul performs before Amit Shah

In Santiniketan, a baul performs before Amit Shah.

14:37 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Bengali folk singer Basudeb Das' residence for lunch

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other party leaders including Mukul Roy and Dilip Ghosh had lunch at the residence of a Baul singer at Bolpur, Birbhum district.

14:31 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Home Minister Amit Shah at Rabindra Bhavan in Santiniketan

Taking to Twitter, the home minister said, "The contribution of the poet in the freedom struggle of India will always be remembered and his thoughts will always inspire our next generation."

14:05 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Bengal BJP MP Locket Chatterjee on Twitter: Saffron wave in Bolpur
13:32 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Amit Shah at Visva-Bharati university in Shantiniketan

13:15 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Home Minister visits Visva-Bharati in Shantiniketan, pays homage to Rabindranath Tagore

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday visited Visva-Bharati and paid homage to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra Bhavan on the university campus. Shah is scheduled to visit the Upasana Griha (prayer house) and Sangeet Bhavan, where students of the university would render Rabindra Sangeet in a cultural programme, PTI reported. Shah, who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, paid floral tributes to Gurudev Tagore at Rabindra Bhavan on the university campus. Amid tight security, the home minister arrived here for more than an hour-and-a-half-long visit to the central university. He is also scheduled to hold a meeting with vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and members of the faculty.

12:44 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Union Minister Amit Shah attends cultural programme at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan

Union Minister Amit Shah attended a cultural programme at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, Birbhum. Shah is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, which will conclude today.

12:23 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Fact check of speech made in Bengal by henchman of the “tourist gang”: TMC MP Derek O'Brien

Taking to Twitter, TMC MP Derek O'Brien said, "7 pieces of concocted, false info in one speech. Actually, by his standards, quite low!"

12:20 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays floral tributes to Rabindranath Tagore

Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid floral tributes to Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra-Bhavana, Shantiniketan, Birbhum.

12:01 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah reaches Birbhum

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah reached Birbhum, West Bengal on Sunday. He is scheduled to visit Visva-Bharati University in the district later today.

11:54 (IST)20 Dec 2020
Amit Shah to hold roadshow in Bolpur today

PREPARATIONS ARE in full swing in Bolpur town in Birbhum district to welcome Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday. Huge cutouts of Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leaders Mukul Roy and others have been put in Bolpur-Santiniketan Road where Shah will participate in a road show. In a bid to counter the BJP, posters of chief minister Mamata Banerjee highlighting her government’s achievements have also come up on the same road.On Sunday, Shah will first visit Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan to pay homage to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. After attending several programmes in the university campus, Shah will visit the house of Bengali folk singer Basudeb Das Baul in Syambati area to have lunch.“After having lunch there, he will offer prayers at a Hanuman temple before taking part in the road show. This will be followed by a press conference,” said Shyamapada Mondal, BJP’s Birbhum district president.

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Amit Shah in West Bengal LIVE updates

After heavyweight leader Suvendu Adhikari and MLA Jitendra Tiwari resigned from the party, the exodus continued Friday with two more MLAs, Silbhadra Dutta and Banashree Maity, and minority cell general secretary Kabirul Islam walking away from the TMC.

And although there was a twist late Friday night, with Tiwari claiming that he is still with the TMC, the verdict in the Midnapore party office was clear: It is time for introspection.

“Can’t you see what is happening? It is true that Suvendu is a big leader. The party should have resolved his grievances. So many people are leaving. But I am still with the party. I have seen Mamata Banerjee and I think she will be able to tide over this crisis. There is time. But it is true that there are many grievances and the BJP is taking advantage of it,” said Sukhen Samaddar, a TMC worker.

Like Samaddar, TMC workers and leaders have been putting up a brave front. But they also acknowledge that Shah’s visit may be a key milestone in the turf tussle that has unfolded with just a few months to go for the Assembly polls.

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