Kolkata: Congress and Trinamool congress get a huge jolt ahead of the elections, as four heavy weight leaders of both parties, joined the West Bengal BJP in Presence of Amit Shah on Wednesday. They took the saffron flag from BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and hosted. Amit shah said that Dilip Ghosh did a good job in Bengal.
Amit Shah today rejected the TMC’s allegation that the BJP was behind the “conspiracy” to get its leaders falsely implicated in graft cases, saying Mamata Banerjee’s party had no answer to questions being raised about scams.
“This is not mere allegation. There is no conspiracy. They (TMC leaders) were seen on TV taking money. The entire world can see it,” he said, rejecting the TMC’s charge that a conspiracy was hatched by the BJP to “frame” its leaders in corruption cases.
“Whether it is Saradha or Narada, the TMC leadership is not in a position to answer questions about it. But the people of the state are asking these questions,” Shah, who is on a trip to West Bengal to explore ways to expand the BJP’s footprint in the state, said.
“Mamata Banerjee has developed BJP phobia. She is seeing BJP in everything,” he told journalists at the press club here.
The BJP president also accused the TMC government of practising “politics of appeasement”.
Targeting the Mamata Banerjee government over its handling of the state’s economy and law and order, Shah said, “There is no industry in the state. Only bomb-making industry has flourished here.”
“The sound of bomb blasts can be heard in a state where Rabindra Sangeet used to reverberate once,” he said. Claiming that “politics of appeasement will boomerang on Didi (Mamata),” he said that the BJP’s slogan is “Ebar Bangla” (Bengal now), following the party’s recent victories in four states.
“I believe that the people of Bengal are angry over the way TMC is indulging in politics of appeasement,” the BJP president said. “Can one imagine that immersion of Durga idols has to be done with the help of high court’s order, or Saraswati puja is not being allowed to be held?” he said.
“The way the government is treating the people of the state differently is alarming,” Shah, whose party has often accused the Banerjee government of neglecting Hindus, said.
Maintaining that the BJP has not done anything to divide people on the basis of their religious faith, Shah said, “We don’t divide voters on the basis of who belongs to minority or majority, we only think of development of people.”
Claiming there were no allegations of corruption against any of his party’s functionaries, he said, “Our fight is against TMC and corruption. We are witnessing an unprecedented support for BJP in West Bengal.”
Commenting on Shah’s statement, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, “What he has said is nothing new. It is old wine in new bottle. He could not see the development that has taken place during the TMC rule”.
“They are telling lies. One thing I can say is that in Bengal there is no alternative to Mamata Banerjee,” he said.