New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scared of the BJP, which is why she has refused permission to the party to hold rallies in the state, Amit Shah said on Friday. He said the rallies have only been postponed, for now, not cancelled, and that they will hold rallies in the state soon.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the BJP national president alleged that the BJP’s popularity in Bengal is being seen by the CM as a potential threat to her rule. He added she won’t be able to control public by preventing BJP’s entry in her state.
Shah further alleged that it is under Mamata’s rule that West Bengal started leading other states in political murder. Violence against women and children has also reached its peak. Education has also taken a backseat in the state with no admission being possible without donations, he said.
Shah alleged that mafia operations have notched up at a number of places in West Bengal and the state chief minister too is providing support to such activities. Shah was scheduled to visit Coochbehar, which he cancelled after the Calcutta High Court denied permission to the BJP to hold its rally following the state government expressing apprehensions of violence. The BJP leadership is in a huddle since morning to discuss the future course of action.
Earlier, the state government had refused to provide a venue to the BJP for a public meeting. A BJP worker then offered his 7-bigha agricultural land in Jhinaidnaga for the party to host the gathering. A stage was set up on the farmland and elaborate seating arrangements were also made.