The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Tuesday declared that development in West Bengal is not possible through Mamata Banerjee. He was addressing a public rally in Burdwan district.
He claimed that the chief minister Mamata Banerjee is busy suppressing facts of the Sarada Chit fund scam and the Khagragarh blast instead of offering jobs to the unemployed youth.
“Development is possible only when the BJP comes to power. Only those states where the BJP is in power have developed. But Mamata is focused only Sarada and Khagragarh even though industries are closing down and unemployment has reached its peak in West Bengal,” Shah said in a scathing speech that lasted for just 20 minutes.
Shah’s public meeting, the first outside Kolkata, marked the beginning of a series of rallies, which will cover the entire state in the run up not only to municipal polls scheduled this year, but also crucial assembly polls in 2016.
“Not a single BJP worker in West Bengal would rest in peace till they succeed in uprooting the Trinamool Congress from power,” Shah declared as he attacked the Mamata regime from all fronts.
Shah had earlier alleged that Saradha scam money had been used to fund the terror conspiracy related to the Khagragarh blast in Burdwan district on October 2, 2014.
More than 50,000 people from across Burdwan and adjoining districts had come to listen to Shah at the Chowringhee football grounds about 5km from the Khagragarh blast site.
Before attending the rally, Shah held a ‘Chintan Baithak’ with district leaders where he clearly stated that the party was eyeing for at least seven legislative assemblies including West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha among others.
“Shah insisted on increasing the party’s membership base in West Bengal to at least one crore and laid down a blueprint of the plan to achieve the target,” said a senior party leader present in the meeting.