During Amit Shah’s two-day visit to Bengal, the Union Home Minister claimed to uproot the “syndicate raj” of the ruling TMC in the state. In response, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee challenged Amit Shah to first defeat her nephew Abhishek and then only think about defeating her.
Before the Assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee and Amit Shah, both held rallies in the same district of Bengal on the same day. While Shah addressed the rally at Kakdwip, the WB Chief Minister spoke at Palian, both in South 24 Parganas district.
The West Bengal chief minister hit out at Shah for the frequent Bua-Bhatija jibes against her and her nephew, TMC MP Abhishek. Banerjee claimed that his (Amit Shah) family will not go unscathed if he continued to attack the families of other politicians.
During Amit Shah’s visit to Gangasagar, he urged the people of Bengal to “uproot the syndicate Raj of the TMC” and vote for BJP. He promised to complete the vision of Sonar Bangla (prosperous Bengal) after the Assembly polls after BJP comes to power. The saffron party’s flagged off the fifth and the last Parivartan Yatra’ in the state from Kakdwip.
“It is not our aim just to usher in a BJP government after defeating Mamata Banerjee’s regime. This is BJP’s fight to make Bengal Sonar Bangla. This fight is between our booth workers and the TMC syndicate – it is a fight to end the syndicate raj. You (the people) vote for BJP. Leave alone illegal immigrants, not even a bird from across the border will be allowed to enter the state,” Shah said during the Rath Yatra.
“The central government had sent relief and funds after cyclone Amphan for the affected people. But TMC leaders siphoned off the money. If we are voted to power we will constitute an inquiry committee to probe corruption in the disbursement of relief funds. All those who indulged in corruption will be sent to jail,” he added.
Meanwhile, in Palian, Mamata Banerjee mocked Shah’s remark of BJP winning 200 of the 294 assembly seats in the state. “In 2021 we (TMC) will break all records and get the highest votes and win the most seats. Day in and day out, they are talking about Bua-Bhatija. I challenge Amit Shah – contest against Abhishek Banerjee first and then me,” Mamata Banerjee said.
South 24 Parganas district is considered to be a TMC stronghold as the party won 29 of the 31 assembly seats in 2016. The BJP failed to leave an impact on the district in the 2019 general election even when it emerged as the main opposition party in the state.