BJP president Amit Shah, addressing a well-attended rally in Burdwan on Tuesday, accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of risking the national security for vote bank politics, and said his party’s massive support wave would “drown Trinamool Congress in Gangasagar” without any trace and help form its first government in the state.
Burdwan has been in news after two suspected Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh operatives were killed in an accidental explosion in October last year. Shah said the blast took place only because the TMC government was allowing Bangladeshi infiltrators in the state.
Kicking off BJP’s membership drive in West Bengal, the party president said: “I want to tell Mamata didi that you will not be able to win in a democratic state by unleashing atrocities. The more you torture us, the more lotuses would bloom in the state. To BJP workers, I must say, don’t be afraid of TMC attacks. If they want clashes, we are ready… We are not going to breathe in peace till Trinamool is uprooted from Bengal.”
Alleging that the Trinamool government had compromised with national security for the sake of vote bank politics, he said: “About a year ago, a blast in Kolkata was hushed up by the state government. If there was a proper investigation, the explosion in Burdwan’s Khagragarh would not have taken place. But, the state government was more concerned about its vote bank.” He was referring to the explosion at Garden Reach in Kolkata in 2013.
“Bengal is a border state and infiltration from Bangladesh is a problem. But, here is a government which gives priority to vote bank politics over the national security. They are allowing infiltration from Bangladesh,” he said. Shah also reminded people that the TMC government had opposed an NIA probe into the Burdwan blast.
Asserting West Bengal was very much on BJP’s radar, Shah said: “After Delhi and Bihar, a BJP government is going to be installed in the state.” Targeting the state government over the Saradha chit fund scam, Shah alleged that the Chief Minister was more interested saving her “scam-tainted” party leaders than developing the state.
Exhorting the people to usher in “parivartan (change)”, he said: “I am constrained to say that Mamata has given a regime that is worst than even the Communists… While Narendra Modi has taken the country forward on the path of development, TMC is taking the state backwards.”
State BJP president Rahul Sinha, in his address, referred to the recent incident of the Birbhum police allegedly torturing a Muslim woman. “If the TMC government is so concerned about Muslims, why did their police launch an attack on the Muslim woman just because she supported the BJP? We will stand by the victim’s family.”